Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. This comic jigsaw puzzle is crammed with deliriously funny little bits.
  2. 60
    Best in Show succeeds only insofar as you're willing to laugh at a bunch of sad freaks.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    This giggle does for dog shows what Rob Reiner's "This Is Spinal Tap" (in which Guest plays Nigel Tufnel) did for heavy metal.
  4. If this new film doesn't quite go to 11, it's a healthy 8½.
  5. When it's funny, Best is hilarious.
  6. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    75
    In terms of dramatic tension, Best in Show is more compelling than a lot of formulaic sports movies.
  7. 80
    Blue-ribbon acting from both the four- and two-legged performers.
  8. 78
    Sublimely ridiculous film.
  9. No one does this genre better than actor-writer-director Christopher Guest.
  10. You giggle every so often, but you never give yourself over to the characters.
  11. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    90
    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
  12. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    90
    A barkingly funny new "mockumentary" that does for those canine pageants what the helmer's 1996 "Waiting for Guffman" did for smalltown theatrics.
  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. 70
    Guest begins -- but doesn't end -- with caricatures, then peels away at our preconceptions until we see the heart and soul beneath.
  18. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    70
    Tight and quick-moving, the film scores its points and gets on with it.
  19. More amiable than hysterical.
  20. 70
    Just isn't as fresh, focused or uniformly funny as "Waiting for Guffman."
  21. 78
    It's got enough hilarious moments that, all in all, the film's bite is as toothsome as its bark.
  22. 88
    I was laughing so hard, tears were streaming down my cheeks.
  23. A droll piece of deadpan played with mostly unerring pitch by a talented cast.
  24. Gets blue-ribbon results from its thoroughbred cast of improvisational comics.
  25. Reaches the highest comic heights when the show itself starts.
  26. For sheer laughs, Willard and Piddock take the trophy.
  27. 63
    Doggone funny.
  28. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    He's (Willard) a one-man storm of escalating inanity, and he's hilarious.
  29. 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.
  30. 90
    Waggish fun like this is too good to miss.
  31. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    It's as smart, quiveringly alert and fleet of foot as a purebred pointer on the scent of fresh game.
  32. 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.
User Score
7.5

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
    10
    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
    8
    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
    8
    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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