Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 100
    One of the funniest, most intelligent, most original films.
  2. Reviewed by: Marc Caro
    Deserves an encore anyway for its invaluable contributions to the vocabulary of rock'n' roll and pop culture.
  3. The rock scene hasn't been the same since this hilarious 1984 comedy.
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    A heady flow of brilliant stupidity.
  5. Reviewed by: Carmel Dagan
    So intensely funny that the viewer must hang on every word: comic gems spill forth almost continuously.
  6. 90
    Spinal Tap is still on the right side of the fine line between stupid and clever.
  7. That rare comedy that is as completely entertaining now in its it was back then.
  8. Reviewed by: Staff (not credited)
    A vastly amusing satire of heavy metal bands.
  9. One of the great movie satires. And if it isn't the funniest rock spoof ever made, it certainly shares the title with "The Rutles."
  10. 80
    The group's members come off more like real musicians than parodists.
  11. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    It's no wonder young musicians say they learned to be rock stars from This Is Spinal Tap. It came to satirize and stayed -- and stays on -- to celebrate.
  12. Reviewed by: David Kehr
    The material is consistently clever and funny.
  13. 50
    Begs the question: Did the lads from Squatney trail the zeitgeist at every turn, or were cobandleaders David St. Hubbins and Nigel Tufnel simply in touch with their past and ahead of their time?
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 67 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 31
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 31
  3. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Nov 1, 2010
    80 mins of pure orgasm.

    So good it hold its own genre: Rockumentary. This is so genius. So many laughs and what differentiates it from the
    usual slapstick comedy is that it feels real and still maintains a decent structure. It is impossible to rate this lower than 10. Full Review »
  2. Jan 18, 2014
    One of the first mockumentaries ever made and also mostly improvised This Is Spinal Tap isn't exactly your straightforward comedy. Nowadays we have new fake documentaries and found footage movies every week. Back in 1984 with one or two minor exceptions, this was a new idea and new way of making comedies. Take a look at the score out of 10 people obviously liked this new style of funny movies, this new template of how to make you laugh. And you laugh a lot. From how loud the amps can go to the story about how their drummer spontaneously combusted, pretty much everything is some kind of a joke. Overall it might not be as laugh out loud hilarious as it's reputation suggests it to be, but I definitely laughed an above average amount of times and really enjoyed myself with This Is Spinal Tap. It undoubtedly deserves it's cult status. Full Review »
  3. Aug 30, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. The first time I saw this it was just an okay movie. But the more I watch it the funnier it gets, the dialog is clever, and the music is hilarious and great to listen to. The interactions between the characters is so well done and feels very real. It may not be a very well known movie but I highly suggest watching it. Full Review »