• 100
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
    A madcap gem.
  • 90
    F. X. Feeney L.A. Weekly
    Yet Waiting for Guffman is never mean-spirited. Its weird warmth is perfectly embodied by Guest himself, whose flamboyant, stagestruck choreographer, Corky St. Clair, could have (in less ingenious hands) been a cruel, gay-bashing caricature, but instead becomes a hallucinatory Everyman.
  • 90
    David Ansen Newsweek
    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]
  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews
    Thirty minutes into Waiting for Guffman, my stomach hurt from laughing.
  • 80
    Elvis Mitchell The New York Times
    The don't quite do for "Oklahoma!" what they did for heavy metal, but they come close. [31 Jan 1997, p.C6]
  • 80
    Ron Wells Film Threat
    I saw this movie in a room full of San Francisco movie critics, and I haven't heard that much laughter since, well, the piano duet in "Island of Dr. Moreau" (which you must admit, was pretty funny.)
  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
    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.
  • 70
    Dallas Observer
    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.
  • 63
    San Francisco Examiner
    Nowhere near as funny as "Spinal Tap," but fans of this kind of deadpan humor are guaranteed to get a few chuckles out of this one. All of the actors are marvelously horrible, and in this movie, bad equals good.
  • 40
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide Magazine
    The result isn't very funny: There are clever bits, sure, but they're embedded in long, painfully obvious sequences built around one-shot gags.