• R, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    John Waters
    In Theaters:
    Aug 11, 2000 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 23, 2001
  • Artisan Entertainment


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Cecil B. Demented Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Waters satire of the film buff and the film industry is warranted and criminally under-appreciated...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

May 25, 2013
Michael Dequina

Leave it to Waters to find a proper use for Mrs. Johnson-Banderas, whose natural, annoying shrillness is perfect.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3/4

January 8, 2010
Rob Gonsalves

As always, Waters works with an unmistakable affection for even his grubbiest characters.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

September 24, 2007
David Noh
Film Journal International

Takes a potentially fun concept and basically goes nowhere with it.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

January 5, 2007
Mark Bourne

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.

Full Review Source: DVDJournal.com

April 6, 2006
Emanuel Levy

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: C-

July 31, 2005
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Mildly scabrous.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: B

May 3, 2005
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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 Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

April 10, 2003
Brian Mckay

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 Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

March 18, 2003
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

rather than escalate to new heights of lunacy, the movie begins repeating itself and, after about an hour, wearing out its welcome.

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

June 15, 2002
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience

See it for "Cherish Oh Lordy" Waters' best character in years. She gets the movie's two most offensive and funniest scenes.

Full Review Source: Film Experience

May 30, 2002
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

[John] Waters skewers every aspect of mainstream Hollywood, using the truly demented Demented... as a proxy howl of rage.

Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium | Original Score: A-

October 24, 2001
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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 Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 2/4

February 27, 2001


I enjoyed the message, but wanted to shoot the messenger.

Full Review Source: BeatBoxBetty.com

January 1, 2000
Rod Armstrong

A film that's as ill-conceived as the movies it mocks.

| Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
Paul Tatara
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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.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

January 1, 2000
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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A losing battle.

January 1, 2000
Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
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Where once Waters was brilliantly polluted, now he comes off diluted.

January 1, 2000
David Germain
Associated Press
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Ends up a sloppy exercise in irritating audiences instead of the sharp satire the story line promises.

January 1, 2000
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

The film merely stumbles from one scene to the next with little continuity and little invention.

| Original Score: 5/10

January 1, 2000
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