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April 17, 2002
An ode to the hopes and dreams of every performer and a send-up of every bad performance around.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 21, 2001
Bizarre.
| Original Score: 4/5
August 20, 2001
Guest is the best thing in this slight, sometimes strained, but often quite funny film
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 11, 2001
Priceless.
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
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
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
January 1, 2000
Ignorance truly is bliss, sometimes.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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
January 1, 2000
This is a very funny film with a daring difference: it lets us laugh at the characters without malice.
January 1, 2000
Waiting for Guffman is worth a little chuckle, but that's about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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.
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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