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Waiting for Guffman Reviews

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.
February 27, 2007
A madcap gem.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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January 26, 2006
The comedy has the slow burn of a richly nuanced and non-judgmental character study.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
May 11, 2001
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
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
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
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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