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Leslie Rigoulot
Film Scouts
April 17, 2002
An ode to the hopes and dreams of every performer and a send-up of every bad performance around.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
A very funny, very unusual ensemble comedy that falls somewhere between slapdash and brilliant, an improvised comedy with more hits than misses.
| Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Null
August 21, 2001
| Original Score: 4/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 20, 2001
Guest is the best thing in this slight, sometimes strained, but often quite funny film
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 11, 2001
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
A sly and gleeful comedy showcase that pokes clever fun at the American musical, amateur theatricals and anything else that's not nailed down.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
There is such a thing as comic momentum, and Guest has a good sense of what that means. Comic momentum doesn't refer to nonstop jokes, but to an atmosphere that is always ripe for humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Attention is paid not simply to funny characters and punch lines, but to small nudges at human nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
Ignorance truly is bliss, sometimes.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Though each of the actors generates moments of hilarity, Guest's Corky St. Clair is clearly the film's most memorable character.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
This is a very funny film with a daring difference: it lets us laugh at the characters without malice.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
January 1, 2000
Waiting for Guffman is worth a little chuckle, but that's about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Guest's comedic sense of timing combined with the hilarious script had me laughing so hard I thought I would burst.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
January 1, 2000
Be sure and stay for the film's closing credits, which contain some of the movie's funniest moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Though the movie is all heart like Corky St. Clair, there's really not too much else there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Guest has fashioned the film with a great deal of affection. The charm goes a long way toward making the material amusing instead of insulting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
The nonstop amusing mockumentary Waiting for Guffman does to small-town acting troupes what This Is Spinal Tap did to heavy-metal bands.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The originality and audacity of the film, written by Guest and Levy, is what holds us. They never lose the conceit that the documentary filmmakers, and not themselves, are the ones who made this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Craig Marine
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Fans of this kind of deadpan humor are guaranteed to get a few chuckles out of this one. All of the actors are marvelously horrible, and in this movie, bad equals good.
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
It often equals and sometimes surpasses the deadpan humor of [Spinal Tap] (save the grinding guitars and leather pants, of course).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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