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  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
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  1. 100
    One of the funniest, most intelligent, most original films.
  2. The rock scene hasn't been the same since this hilarious 1984 comedy.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Caro
    Deserves an encore anyway for its invaluable contributions to the vocabulary of rock'n' roll and pop culture.
  4. 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."
  5. That rare comedy that is as completely entertaining now in its it was back then.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (not credited)
    A vastly amusing satire of heavy metal bands.
  7. 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?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 31
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 31
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  1. j30
    Sep 20, 2011
    Great movie. My favorite comedy. You owe it to yourself to watch this and laugh your ass off.
  2. Apr 8, 2013
    Not only does this succeed at being a satire of rock bands, it also acts as a satire of documentaries themselves. There are many scenes that are memorable and easily quotable lines. A silly, ridiculous, funny mock-rockumentary. Expand
  3. 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. Expand
  4. Aug 30, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand 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. Expand
  5. Nov 28, 2012
    "This Is Spinal Tap" is a 1984 Rob Reiner mockumentary about the failing fictitious rock and roll group, Spinal Tap, and their attempts to get back on top of the charts. The film stars Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer as the main group members. What surprised me most about this film is that most of the films dialogue was improvised by Reiner, McKean, Guest, and Shearer. It works quite well throughout the film, as the jokes feel more organic and not staged. There's not much else to say about "Spinal Tap". It's a really clever movie that's modestly executed and it, in all honesty, pays off. While, it's not a solid eleven (ha ha see what I did there?) in my book, it's still a freaking hilarious movie. Expand
  6. Jun 17, 2012
    Witty and good fun, even if it was a bit over done.
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  7. 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. Expand

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