Metascore
85

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
    100
    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
    100
    A heady flow of brilliant stupidity.
  5. Reviewed by: Carmel Dagan
    96
    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 re-release...as it was back then.
  8. Reviewed by: Staff (not credited)
    90
    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."
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 32
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 32
  3. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Nov 1, 2010
    10
    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. Apr 29, 2014
    10
    One of my favorite movie ever. It's witty, funny and clever. They take what could have been a crappy movie and cranked it up to 11. It is fantastic. 11/10 Full Review »
  3. Jan 18, 2014
    7
    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 »