Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. No one does this genre better than actor-writer-director Christopher Guest.
  2. 90
    Waggish fun like this is too good to miss.
  3. This comic jigsaw puzzle is crammed with deliriously funny little bits.
  4. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    It's as smart, quiveringly alert and fleet of foot as a purebred pointer on the scent of fresh game.
  5. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Best in Show has an uproarious wild card in Fred Willard, who plays a hack commentator convinced that he's the most amusing fellow on television
  6. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    A barkingly funny new "mockumentary" that does for those canine pageants what the helmer's 1996 "Waiting for Guffman" did for smalltown theatrics.
  7. 90
    I found myself roaring at the grotesque way some of the characters talk to their pets, pausing only briefly when I realized that I do precisely the same thing.
  8. 88
    I was laughing so hard, tears were streaming down my cheeks.
  9. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    This giggle does for dog shows what Rob Reiner's "This Is Spinal Tap" (in which Guest plays Nigel Tufnel) did for heavy metal.
  10. If this new film doesn't quite go to 11, it's a healthy 8½.
  11. 83
    You will be surprised by the film's poignancy when the winner is announced. You may even get choked up. You will care that much.
  12. 80
    Blue-ribbon acting from both the four- and two-legged performers.
  13. 80
    Guest revels in the eccentricities of dog lovers everywhere, but there's kindness at his core. He's a mensch among mutts.
  14. While the movie is frequently sharp and funny and weirdly relatable, the material feels too much like reality.
  15. Has both bark and bite. Its low-key but sharp and amusing sense of humor is a nice fit with the frenetic world of competitive dog shows.
  16. In general, the dogs-as-mirrors theme--the crazy things people do with and in relation to their pets--is what keeps this going, and the laughs are sporadic but genuine.
  17. 78
    It's got enough hilarious moments that, all in all, the film's bite is as toothsome as its bark.
  18. 78
    Sublimely ridiculous film.
  19. When it's funny, Best is hilarious.
  20. A droll piece of deadpan played with mostly unerring pitch by a talented cast.
  21. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    In terms of dramatic tension, Best in Show is more compelling than a lot of formulaic sports movies.
  22. Gets blue-ribbon results from its thoroughbred cast of improvisational comics.
  23. Reaches the highest comic heights when the show itself starts.
  24. 70
    Guest begins -- but doesn't end -- with caricatures, then peels away at our preconceptions until we see the heart and soul beneath.
  25. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    Tight and quick-moving, the film scores its points and gets on with it.
  26. More amiable than hysterical.
  27. 70
    Just isn't as fresh, focused or uniformly funny as "Waiting for Guffman."
  28. You giggle every so often, but you never give yourself over to the characters.
  29. For sheer laughs, Willard and Piddock take the trophy.
  30. 63
    Doggone funny.
  31. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    He's (Willard) a one-man storm of escalating inanity, and he's hilarious.
  32. 60
    Best in Show succeeds only insofar as you're willing to laugh at a bunch of sad freaks.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 5 out of 25
  1. Jan 30, 2012
    This is a masterpiece of humour! Once again I am puzzled by the negative reviews here. It is a delightful caricature made to look like a documentary. Full Review »
  2. Jul 18, 2011
    A must see movie for anyone with pets and a sense of humor. They nailed satire perfectly. As I read reviews here though i see a lot of people didn't relate to the characters, I guess that's why I say this movie is for people who have pets that deep down they know they pamper them way too much. Full Review »
  3. Sep 3, 2010
    As usual with Christopher Guest, the attention to detail is brilliant. The characters are all slightly odd but very, very real & Fred Willard is just amazing.
    His line about his proctologist is up there with the greatest comedy quotes.
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