• Hairspray
    2 minutes 8 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Hairspray Reviews

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

While it's corny by design, Hairspray also aims to get at something truthful, about the various kinds of prejudice [...] and how youthful optimism and music made a difference [...].

Full Review Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 4/5

March 10, 2014
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

A kitschy teen fantasy you can dance to.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 18, 2010
Leo Goldsmith
Reverse Shot

The shock Waters's cinema offers, then, is not transcendent, but almost reflexive, implicating the viewer in the awkward complexities of his own humanity and forcing him to either celebrate it or run screaming away.

Full Review Source: Reverse Shot

August 8, 2009
Pauline Kael
New Yorker
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When Divine's Edna Turnblad is on-screen in the sleeveless dresses she's partial to, the movie has something like the lunacy of a W. C. Fields in drag.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

May 28, 2008
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 4/5

December 7, 2007
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The Waters film for your grandma, who will probably be only a little bit freaked out by it.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 8/10

September 12, 2007
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Thoroughly deserving of its cult status.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

July 16, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Controversial filmmaker John Waters finally hits his commercial stride in this film, parlaying his keen social observation and great compassion for society's outsiders into a colorful and engaging comedy full of dancing, music and heartfelt nostalgia.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 16, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Not only Waters's best movie, but a crossover gesture that expands his appeal without compromising his vision one iota; Ricki Lake as the hefty young heroine is especially delightful.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 3/4

July 16, 2007
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Has a great message is endlessly entertaining, and come on you have to love Motormouth Maybelle...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

July 14, 2007
Emanuel Levy

One of John Waters' best films, and also one that was "palatable" to the strudios and accessible to the mass public in its charming theme and effective blend of faded stars and offbeat celebs.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A-

October 9, 2006
Derek Adams
Time Out
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Waters' most hygienically commercial film is a Retro schlock-fancier's delight.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Cole Smithey

Fun, fun, fun.

| Original Score: 4/5

November 6, 2005
Bill Gibron
DVD Verdict

Certainly Waters would argue that all his films end on an upbeat note. But [Hairspray] is the first time the joy seems genuine, not just perversely plastered on.

Full Review Source: DVD Verdict | Original Score: 98/100

August 22, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

May 19, 2005
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

The defining moment in the auteur's career-long dedication to lionizing Baltimore's misfit population.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: A-

May 4, 2005
Clint Morris

A Zany delight.....Lake is outstanding!

| Original Score: 3/5

March 23, 2005
Sarah Chauncey

| Original Score: 5/5

June 10, 2004
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

A John Waters classic

| Original Score: 3/5

February 26, 2004
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 4/5

February 25, 2004
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October 18, 2008

August 4, 2007
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