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Cecil B. Demented Reviews

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David Rooney
Variety
April 8, 2009
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
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Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Hollywood Reporter
May 11, 2001
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 10, 2001
| Original Score: 4/5
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Where once Waters was brilliantly polluted, now he comes off diluted.
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
A small, scruffy, but agreeably energized comedy.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
An insufferable, self-important, sloppily made bore of a tirade.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Appears to have been written and directed by a grade-school dropout snorting airplane glue.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Waters' outlaw analyses of pop culture, always a crucial part of his films, have now started to consume them.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 1, 2000
Cecil ... is far from demented enough.
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
An audacious little comedy with bursts of hilarity and a certain giddy energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
[Waters] piles on one wacky notion after another, and somehow they stack without toppling.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
As a satire, Cecil B. Demented is uninspired, and, as a motion picture, it's unfunny, charmless, and amateurish.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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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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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
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.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Consistently amusing and smart in its choice of targets, but it lacks the manic edge of some of Waters' earlier movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Barely coherent mishmash.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 1, 2000
It's sad to report that the only remotely shocking thing about [Cecil B. Demented] is the heavy-handedness of its humor and the blunt ineffectiveness of its diatribes.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Waters' writing has never been sharper or more focused than in Cecil B. Demented.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
Not even the reassuring familiarity of the Waters stock company (including Mink Stole, Ricki Lake and, pointedly in this case, Patty Hearst) is enough to fully redeem this effort.
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
A losing battle.
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Ernest Hardy
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Hamstrung by a script that is too often smug, obvious and self-important -- all qualities that Waters used to lampoon mercilessly.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
A fast, furious and funny fusillade of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
The film can't sustain its initial high attack, and ends up seeming a bit of a fizzle, mischievous rather than genuinely wild.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie has a radical premise ... but pitches it at the level of a very bad sketch on Saturday Night Live.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4