Waters satire of the film buff and the film industry is warranted and criminally under-appreciated...
Leave it to Waters to find a proper use for Mrs. Johnson-Banderas, whose natural, annoying shrillness is perfect.
| Original Score: 3/4
As always, Waters works with an unmistakable affection for even his grubbiest characters.
| Original Score: 5/5
Takes a potentially fun concept and basically goes nowhere with it.
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.
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
| Original Score: C-
| Original Score: B
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
| Original Score: 4/4
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
rather than escalate to new heights of lunacy, the movie begins repeating itself and, after about an hour, wearing out its welcome.
See it for "Cherish Oh Lordy" Waters' best character in years. She gets the movie's two most offensive and funniest scenes.
[John] Waters skewers every aspect of mainstream Hollywood, using the truly demented Demented... as a proxy howl of rage.
| Original Score: A-
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
I enjoyed the message, but wanted to shoot the messenger.
A film that's as ill-conceived as the movies it mocks.
| Original Score: 1/4
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.
A losing battle.
Where once Waters was brilliantly polluted, now he comes off diluted.
Ends up a sloppy exercise in irritating audiences instead of the sharp satire the story line promises.
The film merely stumbles from one scene to the next with little continuity and little invention.
| Original Score: 5/10