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Waiting for Guffman Reviews

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Ellen Dendy
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Fab small-town spoof; subtle humor may bore kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Neil Jeffries
Empire Magazine
August 12, 2008
The songs (co-written by Guest and Tapster Harry Shearer) are suitably ridiculous and the deadpan gags come thick, fast and too numerous to mention, all delivered with knuckle-gnawing subtlety by the C-list cast with A-list style.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 12, 2008
Frequently funny -- sometimes very funny indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 12, 2008
This 1997 comedy may be amusing if you feel a pressing need to feel superior to somebody, but the aim is too broad and scattershot to add up to much beyond an acknowledgment of small-town desperation.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 25, 2007
Raucous, outrageously funny, and filled with many zany scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 10, 2007
One of the funniest movies ever made, 'Waiting for Guffman' spoofs everything from documentaries and talent shows to local politics and alien abductions.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 27, 2007
A madcap gem.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
December 23, 2006
Trabalhando em um subgênero que praticamente ajudou a crier (o do pseudocumentário), Guest cria mais um filme que diverte por compreender tão bem seu tema e seus personagens.
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
Screen International
September 19, 2006
A sly, gleeful and subtle comedy that pokes fun at American musicals, amateur theatricals, and the culture of celebrity-the universal wish to be famous--set in the small, provincial town of Blaine about to celebrate its 150th anniversary.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
The comedy has the slow burn of a richly nuanced and non-judgmental character study.
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
It's Corky's movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 23, 2004
Guest's satire of small-town America and amateur actors has a sly edge, it's not mean, and Guest never strips his characters of their dignity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
May 14, 2004
Where This Is Spinal Tap took rock music and the media as its focus - fat, juicy targets just asking to be lampooned - Guest's target here is small-town provincials.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Apollo Guide
March 16, 2004
It keeps you laughing from beginning to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 84/100
Widgett Walls
February 4, 2004
Everyone will think it's funny; people who've actually done community theatre will laugh themselves into a coma.
| Original Score: 4/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 16, 2003
The characters and scenario are memorable, the film rather less so.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
The humor is implied but never over-explained, imparting a sense of intelligence rarely achieved in movie comedies.
| Original Score: 4/4
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Hilariously satirical yet affectionate and upbeat about its rosy-cheeked, anti-hip characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Derek Smith
Apollo Guide
September 26, 2002
It's smart, witty, goofy and hugely entertaining.
Read More | Original Score: 85/100
August 2, 2002
One of the greatest comedies of all time, a perfect satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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