Waiting for Guffman
Waiting for Guffman (1996)

In Blaine, Missouri, a veteran of dubious off-off-Broadway productions casts a dentist, a pair of travel agents, a Dairy Queen worker, and an auto mechanic in his stage musical tracing the town's 150-year history. And what a show they… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: August 21, 1996
DVD Release Date: August 21, 2001
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This riotously deadpan mockumentary about aspiring community theater performers never stoops to ridicule oft-ridiculous characters.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This 1997 comedy may be amusing if you feel a pressing need to feel superior to somebody, but the aim is too broad and scattershot to add up to much beyond an acknowledgment of small-town desperation.

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Daniel M. Kimmel

Where This Is Spinal Tap took rock music and the media as its focus - fat, juicy targets just asking to be lampooned - Guest's target here is small-town provincials.

Ellen Dendy
Common Sense Media

Fab small-town spoof; subtle humor may bore kids.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

A madcap gem.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A very funny, very unusual ensemble comedy that falls somewhere between slapdash and brilliant, an improvised comedy with more hits than misses.

Neil Jeffries
Empire Magazine

The songs (co-written by Guest and Tapster Harry Shearer) are suitably ridiculous and the deadpan gags come thick, fast and too numerous to mention, all delivered with knuckle-gnawing subtlety by the C-list cast with A-list style.

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Time Out

The comedy has the slow burn of a richly nuanced and non-judgmental character study.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone


Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

Frequently funny -- sometimes very funny indeed.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Jonathan Hutchings
I just don't see it. Waiting for Guffman is considered by many to be the greatest mockumentary of all time, but I'll take a number of films (including… More
Spencer S.
Another great Christopher Guest film. It was short and sweet, getting to the comically rich center point in the nick of time.
Reid Volk
For my money, the king of all mockumentaries. Guest is not only pitch perfect as the lovably daft Corky St. Claire, but as director he marvelously builds the… More
Tony Gandía
" He's teaching me to change my instincts... or at least ignore them. " "Guffman" is a comedic gem.
Kevin M. Williams
Christopher Guest's mockumentary about the putting on of a play in a small town doubles as a questioning of all those small town dreams of Hollywood.… More
Lenny Muggsy
A classic movie/mockumentary that is fun to watch.