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Best in Show


The tension is palpable, the excitement is mounting and the heady scent of competition is in the air as hundreds of eager contestants from across America prepare to take part in what is undoubtedly one of the greatest events of their lives.

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- Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News, Saturday, July 9, 2005

Fresh: Guest is good at revealing his characters bit by bit.

- Christy Lemire, Associated Press, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Fresh: With results like this, a new Guest mockumentary every couple of years would be aces by me.

- David Edelstein, Slate, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

3 stars

As much as I love mockumetaries, I've yet to fall in love with any of Christopher Guest's beloved movies. And I really don't know why. I'm a huge fan of clever, understated humor, but I can't get past being mildly entertained by those of Guest's films that I've seen. I will say that I enjoyed Best in Show more than This is Spinal Tap. Mainly because you don't have to know very much about dog shows and owners to enjoy the jokes. Spinal Tap relied heavily on being around during that time period and knowing a bit about the subject matter. That's great if you match those criteria, but not so swell for me. Best in Show benefits from being about something that inherently has a lot of potential for humor. I mean, it's about a DOG SHOW! If you can't manage a few guffaws out of that setup, i honestly don't know what to say. I laughed out loud several times, personally. I just was never quite amused as often as I was hoping to be.

- lewiskendell, Thursday, May 13, 2010

4 stars

Dogs and dogowners, bowsers, funny.

- Chiefilms, Saturday, January 16, 2010

4 stars

Very funny mockumentary, typical Christopher Guest and one of his best!

- SirPant, Wednesday, September 23, 2009