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

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Hairspray Reviews

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
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
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
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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The actors are best when they avoid exaggeration and remain weirdly sincere. That way, they do nothing to break the vibrant, even hallucinogenic spell of Mr. Waters's nostalgia.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 20, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie is a bubble-headed series of teenage crises and crushes, alternating with historically accurate choreography of such forgotten dances as the Madison and the Roach.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Waters writes warmth into his caricatures, lifting Hairspray above cartoon cult.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
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