Waiting for Guffman Synopsis
An effeminate theater director assembles blithely talentless Missourians for a musical.
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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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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63

San Francisco Examiner

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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...
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Rated R | For Brief Strong Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ Fab small-town spoof; subtle humor may bore kids.
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