Cry-Baby Reviews

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 21, 2015
For a while the actors seem intimidated by the '50s references, but the film eventually develops a musical energy that carries the day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
January 21, 2015
Cry-Baby is often sweet-spirited even when its crummy, but there's also something fetid in its foolery.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 21, 2015
If Cry-Baby has a message, it's that Cry-Baby and Allison deserve each other because they're young and they're beautiful, which certainly runs counter to Waters' affection for the grotesque, the bad and the ugly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 21, 2015
The wizard of odd still runs amok.
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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times
January 21, 2015
It all adds up to zany, wide-eyed, quintessential Waters havoc -- the "kinder, gentler" 1990s brand, perhaps. But the genuine article, nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 21, 2015
I don't quite know how Waters did it (and I have absolutely no idea why he did it), but the fact that Cry-Baby is fun suggests that the filmmaker possesses an instinctive understanding of what made those Elvis pictures so successful in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 21, 2015
Waters's feeling for the mid-50s doesn't really match his sense of the early 60s, and his plot moves seem increasingly formulaic.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
January 21, 2015
The nostalgic delights in Waters's reform school drool are often more subtle than his other period offering, Hairspray, but it's still a polished debunking of pop culture from the "Pope of Trash".
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ron Wolfe
Tulsa World
January 21, 2015
It has a great score of obscure '50s rock and doo-wop. It has the candy-colored look of a '50s musical. What it doesn't have is a moment of anything that seems remotely real.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
January 21, 2015
Waters's writing is woefully uneven. It's as if Sam Kinison had decided to tell knock-knock jokes -- sterile, unfunny knock-knock jokes at that.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
January 21, 2015
As Waters moves to a more conventional type of satire, he is losing some of the edge that gave his earlier films their crass appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)
January 21, 2015
John Waters progressed from the truly disgusting ("Pink Flamingoes") to the truly funny ("Hair Spray") only to now hit the mainstream wall.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
January 21, 2015
Cry-Baby takes digs at Jailhouse Rock in a musical number that Elvis would have loved to do.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
January 20, 2015
Cry-Baby doesn`t have a subject, but only a format-a rickety framework erected to support a few broad gags and a few indifferently filmed production numbers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
September 27, 2014
Showcases the very best of Waters's sense of humor and enthusiasm for details, crafting a loving parody of already goofy efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
September 9, 2014
Campy '50s parody has mild sex references, violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
There are some funny moments, but this may be the first time the director's scabrous, anarchic wit seems vaguely depressed.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jo Berry
Empire Magazine
July 13, 2011
A delinquent joy-ride, though without the Hard-core distaste of previous Waters flicks, which may or may not be a bad thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
April 23, 2011
Johnny Depp is extremely well cast in John Waters' sweet-natured fable about rebellious youth
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
June 20, 2009
Waters' hole card is Johnny Depp, the winsome tough from TV's 21 Jump Street, who radiates big- screen grace and swagger as Cry-Baby -- no easy trick, since he is guying his own image.
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