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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

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"For music biz insiders, This Is Spinal Tap is a vastly amusing satire of heavy metal bands."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Reiner's brilliantly inventive script and smart visuals avoid all the obvious pitfalls, making this one of the funniest ever films about the music business."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Yes Nigel, you did go to 11. Where would cinematic comedy be if you hadn't?"
‑ Rob Vaux, Mania.com
"[VIDEO] Although examples of the mockumentary genre existed before "Spinal Tap" this heavy metal comedy is considered an epitome of cinematic satire."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Hilarious, ribald, drug-filled rock send-up."
‑ Afsheen Nomai, Common Sense Media
"For all its japes and jokes, the movie is really about exhaustion of the spirit: sitting in a bleak hotel suite at 4 a.m. with the bad taste of last night in the mouth and the feeling that tomorrow will not be a better day."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"It stays so wickedly close to the subject that it is very nearly indistinguishable from the real thing."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Consistently funny, with sheer brilliant turns from every performer on the cast..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"If you didn't know this was a fake film, you could easily believe it's real."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"The original suffers upon review simply because its novelty has worn off. But being the first mainstream feature of its kind, it deserves due reverence."
‑ Jordan Hiller, Bangitout.com
"The material is consistently clever and funny, though ultimately the attitudes are too narrow to nourish a feature-length film."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The film is a composite of classic moments, all of which we sense could have happened to any of the classic heavy metal bands -- or at least to those whose members combined delusions of greatness with low I.Q.s."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Returning to Spinal Tap always brings with it a pronounced sense of discovery, a freshness that is uncommon with movies generally and unspeakably rare in a comedy."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"...a sporadically amusing but all-too-uneven piece of work..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The story of an embarrasingly inept heavy-metal band called Spinal Tap, Rob Reiner's film set the mockumentary standard that has come to define much of modern screen comedy. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
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