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.
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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