Air Guitar Nation
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In this documentary from filmmaker Alexandra Lipsitz, the cameras roll to capture the fierce competitive spirit that defined the first annual U.S. Air Guitar Championship. Staged in Finland and featuring some of the fastest-fingered shredders on the planet, the U.S. Air Guitar Championship would bring a hobby once contained to the bedroom directly into the spotlight for all to enjoy. Featured jam sessions and interviews with both the performers and their "airhead" groupies offer a humorous look at an unlikely competition driven by pure showmanship. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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"A nuts-and-bolts document of the annual Air Guitar World Championships which take place in the rural outpost of Oulu in Finland."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"In this pitch-perfect documentary about the very real rise of air guitar competition in the United States, and two of its top performers, stony thoughts will arise as to whether one is suddenly trapped inside a satire that got wrapped in a reality."
‑ Justin Berton, San Francisco Chronicle
"Put aside all of your preconceptions of air guitar as a hobby of shamelessly untalented wanna-be guitar players, and step into the world of competitive air guitar."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"There must be better, more useful ways of amusing themselves but obviously none which would allow them to strut the stage to the plaudits of a baying crowd like latter-day rock stars."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Originality 0.9, Presentation 2.3 and Silliness 5.2."
‑ , Sun Online
"Sure, there is an infectious goofiness in watching a grown man in a red robe and Hello Kitty breastplate rock out on an imaginary ax. But the gag is spread pretty thin."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"It's a limited movie, from the musical palette the performers choose, to the number of players the movie spends time with."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"When a documentary is as entertaining as Air Guitar Nation, you have to ask if you really need it to have redeeming social value or to advance the art form in any way."
‑ Keith H. Brown, Eye for Film
"Very funny."
‑ Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph
"Despite the film's admirable brevity it's still hard to maintain a wry ironic grin for a full 81 minutes."
‑ Kevin Maher, Times [UK]
"The film's action footage -- lots of men and women thrashing around with a theoretical Fender in hand -- gets pretty tedious after a while. There is only so much self-inflicted embarrassment one can bear watching."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"The suggestion is that C-Diddy can be seen as a sort of ambassador for the 'make air, not war' sentiment. Why not? Even as real ambassadors go, we could do worse."
‑ Janice Page, Boston Globe
"This raucously entertaining documentary about one of the silliest competitions on the planet actually has a serious message about the power of "airness" to change the world. Well, maybe."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Like most guitar solos, the film doesn't quite know when to quit."
‑ Xan Brooks, Guardian
"While quite possibly the stupidest thing you've ever seen in your life, this documentary exploring the world of air guitar enthusiasts is a riot from start to finish."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
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