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  • Summary: A town of Blaine, Missouri is preparing for celebrations of its 150th anniversary. Corky St.Clair, an off-off-off-off-off-Broadway director is putting together an amateur theater show about the town's history, starring a local dentist, a couple of travel agents, a Dairy Queen waitress, and aA town of Blaine, Missouri is preparing for celebrations of its 150th anniversary. Corky St.Clair, an off-off-off-off-off-Broadway director is putting together an amateur theater show about the town's history, starring a local dentist, a couple of travel agents, a Dairy Queen waitress, and a car repairman. He invites a Broadway theater critic Mr. Guffman to see the opening night of the show. (Warner Bros.) Expand
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    The movie is, from start to finish, a hoot... Both a savvy satire of smalltown boosterism and an affectionate salute to the performing spirit. [10 Feb 1987, p.66]
  2. 88
    I lost it just watching Corky show off such memorabilia as "My Dinner With Andre" action figures and a "Remains of the Day" lunch box. Priceless.
  3. A very funny, very unusual ensemble comedy that falls somewhere between slapdash and brilliant, an improvised comedy with more hits than misses. It's also an oddly touching tribute to the joys of show biz.
  4. 75
    The movie doesn't bludgeon us with gags. It proceeds with a certain comic relentlessness from setup to payoff, and its deliberation is part of the fun.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    70
    Such a funny mess that it keeps you laughing even when you realize it's not much better directed than a cable-access talk show.
  6. May be amusing if you feel a pressing need to feel superior to somebody, but the aim is too broad and scattershot to add up to much beyond an acknowledgment of small-town desperation--something Sherwood Anderson and Sinclair Lewis did much better back in the 20s and 30s.

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  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Mar 14, 2014
    7
    Featuring that lovable mockumentary style and landmark dry humor that made Christopher Guest famous, "Waiting For Guffman" is a ridiculouslyFeaturing that lovable mockumentary style and landmark dry humor that made Christopher Guest famous, "Waiting For Guffman" is a ridiculously entertaining and supremely satirical piece of filmmaking. Expand

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