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  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Documentarian Alexandra Lipsitz believes that air-guitar competitions are worth a whole feature-length movie. She's wrong, of course. But the fun lasts longer than you might think. show more

  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    In this pitch-perfect documentary about the very real rise of air guitar competition in the United States, and two of its top performers, stony thoughts will arise as to whether one is suddenly trapped inside a satire that got wrapped in a reality. Or vice versa, man. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Without their efforts, ordinary moviegoers would never know that air-guitar competitors must craft a series of one-minute routines, some to songs they've only just heard, or that their efforts are judged on the 4.0 to 6.0 scale used to rank competitive figure skaters. Important to know? No. Fascinating? Absolutely. show more

  • 75
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The film manages to make surprisingly convincing gestures toward the power of communion, and indeed pantomime, that make the world shine a bit more hopeful. show more

  • 63
    Janice Page Boston Globe

    A semiserious documentary about a cult of performance art that until recently was never meant to be taken seriously. show more

  • 78
    Austin Chronicle

    Flat out, Air Guitar Nation (winner of the Audience Award at South by Southwest 06) is a damn good time. show more

  • 83
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    When C-Diddy (a.k.a. David Jung), in his samurai superman suit, does his note-perfect, lip-twisting, belly-jiggling manic mime of Extreme's ''Play With Me,'' it's hard not to grin and admit that, yes, this is almost an art form. show more

  • 67
    Shawn Levy Portland Oregonian

    There are occasional moments of wisdom, drama and emotion, but we never quite forget the blunt confession of one of the founders of the world championship, who admits that the whole thing began as a joke. Psst, buddy: it still is. show more

  • 80
    Andrew O'Hehir

    I don't know whether to call it interpretive dance for dudes or performance art or just a highly developed form of wanking. Who cares? It seriously rocks. show more

  • 80
    Village Voice

    My long strums are pretty f---ing tight," gushes one faux-ax-stroker in this slick, hilarious, and at times even suspenseful ode to competitive mock-rock and/or the further decline of Western civ. show more

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