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Waiting for Guffman Reviews

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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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 27, 2007
A madcap gem.
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.
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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
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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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 11, 2001
Priceless.
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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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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
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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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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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