This Is Spinal Tap Synopsis
A filmmaker records the demise of a fictitious band of aging metalheads in a mock rockumentary.
Read Full Synopsis

Movie Reviews

Critic Ratings

85
SEE ALL CRITIC REVIEWS
100

Chicago Tribune

Deserves an encore anyway for its invaluable contributions to the vocabulary of rock'n' roll and pop culture.
Full Review
100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The rock scene hasn't been the same since this hilarious 1984 comedy.
Full Review
100

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
A heady flow of brilliant stupidity.
Full Review
100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
One of the funniest, most intelligent, most original films.
Full Review
96

Mr. Showbiz

So intensely funny that the viewer must hang on every word: comic gems spill forth almost continuously.
Full Review
90

Dallas Observer

By Andy Klein
Spinal Tap is still on the right side of the fine line between stupid and clever.
Full Review
90

Washington Post

By Desson Thomson
One of the great movie satires. And if it isn't the funniest rock spoof ever made, it certainly shares the title with "The Rutles."
Full Review
90

Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
That rare comedy that is as completely entertaining now in its re-release...as it was back then.
Full Review
90

Variety

A vastly amusing satire of heavy metal bands.
Full Review
80

Salon.com

By Stephanie Zacharek
The group's members come off more like real musicians than parodists.
Full Review

The original and definitive mock-umentary

By LanceSwoop
Rob Reiner, with his cast of gifted comedians dead-pan their way through this often absurd pseudo documentary of an over-the-hill rock band. They are pitch perfect in capturing the often babbling and...

The Grandaddy of All Mockumentaries - THE ONE, THE ONLY... THIS IS SPINAL TAP

By lugubriousthespian
Rob Reiner's rollicking first feature film THIS IS SPINAL TAP is a sheer joy from start to finish! Utterly quotable, thoroughly memorable, this movie stands on its own as a true original breakthrough...

By stevechessher
Classic...

More Info

Rated R | For Coarse Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ Hilarious, ribald, drug-filled rock send-up.
Read the Common Sense Media Review
POSITIVE MESSAGES
POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
LANGUAGE
DRINKING & DRUGS
SEXY STUFF