100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A madcap gem.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
I lost it just watching Corky show off such memorabilia as "My Dinner With Andre" action figures and a "Remains of the Day" lunch box. Priceless.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Thirty minutes into Waiting for Guffman, my stomach hurt from laughing.
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88

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
The nonstop amusing mockumentary Waiting for Guffman does to small-town acting troupes what "This Is Spinal Tap did to heavy-metal bands."
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80

Film Threat

By Ron Wells
I saw this movie in a room full of San Francisco movie critics, and I haven't heard that much laughter since, well, the piano duet in "Island of Dr. Moreau" (which you must admit, was pretty funny.)
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The humor is uneven and sometimes crude, but much of the mock-documentary is surprising and amusing.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
A very funny, very unusual ensemble comedy that falls somewhere between slapdash and brilliant, an improvised comedy with more hits than misses. It's also an oddly touching tribute to the joys of show biz.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie doesn't bludgeon us with gags. It proceeds with a certain comic relentlessness from setup to payoff, and its deliberation is part of the fun.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

Guest's boldest move is to present the revue in its entirety. It's as if Mel Brooks had shown the complete "Springtime for Hitler,'' the play within his 1968 movie, "The Producers.''
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63

San Francisco Examiner

Nowhere near as funny as "Spinal Tap," but 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.
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71 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.