Air Guitar Nation
Air Guitar Nation (2006)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 9, 2006
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2007
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's up for debate how serious or ironic its subjects are, but Air Guitar Nation is nonetheless a funny and exciting documentary with a killer soundtrack.

David Jenkins
Time Out

A nuts-and-bolts document of the annual Air Guitar World Championships which take place in the rural outpost of Oulu in Finland.

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Justin Berton
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

It isn't so much the battle of the one-man-bands that is so compelling, as the journey itself, as sublime as it is ridiculous.

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

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.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It's a limited movie, from the musical palette the performers choose, to the number of players the movie spends time with.

Cole Smithey

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.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

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.

Janice Page
Boston Globe

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.

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Keith H. Brown
Eye for Film

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Air Guitar Nation is insanely entertaining. Honestly, I put this movie off for a long time thinking that there was no way I was going to be entertained or at… More
Richard Franzen
On a scale between 4.0 and 6.0, I give it a 5.8! What an interesting film! This "mockumentary" film ranks up there with "Murderball" and… More
Emily Armstrong
This is a really fun movie to watch. It starts with a ridiculous premise, but eventually wins you over with its exhuberance and, I hate to say it, skill. Some… More
Wu Chouin
Entertaining and fun documentary on the air guitar championships of 2003.
Steve K
Terrific and funny. Had me giggling the entire time.