Cecil B. Demented Reviews

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Stuart Klawans
The Nation
July 13, 2015
Does this picture leap off the screen, or what? Yes, it leaps -- thanks to Melanie Griffith's eager participation in this act of revenge, Stephen Dorff's unbuttoned nuttiness...and Waters's knowing, caring intelligence about movie culture and its decline.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
May 25, 2013
Waters satire of the film buff and the film industry is warranted and criminally under-appreciated...
Michael Dequina
January 8, 2010
Leave it to Waters to find a proper use for Mrs. Johnson-Banderas, whose natural, annoying shrillness is perfect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Gonsalves
September 24, 2007
As always, Waters works with an unmistakable affection for even his grubbiest characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
January 5, 2007
Takes a potentially fun concept and basically goes nowhere with it.
Mark Bourne
April 6, 2006
If you're under 25 and believe in your cute rebel-'til-I-die heart that indie cinema is inherently True ****ing Art that gives the finger to The Man in Hollywood, then Cecil B. Demented may be your masturbatory fantasy.
Emanuel Levy
July 31, 2005
Waters' pointless and arguably weakest film is a satire of a Holllywood director that's so hermetic and contrived that it hardly has any reason to exist
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
Mildly scabrous.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 10, 2003
Waters may have a budget ($9 million) and real Hollywood stars now, but he's still giving the finger to everything decent with his new film
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Brian Mckay
March 18, 2003
Of the John Waters films I've seen (and I'll admit my knowledge of his films is limited), I'd say it's the best premise with the poorest execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 15, 2002
rather than escalate to new heights of lunacy, the movie begins repeating itself and, after about an hour, wearing out its welcome.
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience
May 30, 2002
See it for "Cherish Oh Lordy" Waters' best character in years. She gets the movie's two most offensive and funniest scenes.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 24, 2001
[John] Waters skewers every aspect of mainstream Hollywood, using the truly demented Demented... as a proxy howl of rage.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
There is so little difference between DeMented's point of view and Waters' that one has to wonder what the point was in creating a fictional character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
I enjoyed the message, but wanted to shoot the messenger.
Top Critic
Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Where once Waters was brilliantly polluted, now he comes off diluted.
Top Critic
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
A losing battle.
Top Critic
Paul Tatara
January 1, 2000
The problem with John Waters making a movie about the sorry state of commercial cinema is that his output is only a little more useful than what he's satirizing.
Rod Armstrong
January 1, 2000
A film that's as ill-conceived as the movies it mocks.
| Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
David Germain
Associated Press
January 1, 2000
Ends up a sloppy exercise in irritating audiences instead of the sharp satire the story line promises.
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