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.
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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
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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+
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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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Variety Staff
Variety
June 20, 2009
John Waters' mischievous satire of the teen exploitation genre is entertaining as a rude joyride through another era, full of great clothes and hairdos.
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Mark Kermode
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Waters' finest film to date, a worthy successor to Hairspray which exudes teen angst and young lust from every pore.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Depp, who smolders naturally when he isn't trying so hard, acts this role about as well as Elvis would have; under the circumstances, that's fine.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Basically the filmmaker reminds us of his affection for social misfits, but without much conviction. He's simply too hip to commit himself to his beliefs, and a relentless frivolity prevails.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
If there is one constant in recent social history, it is that we feel nostalgia for yesterday's teenage badness even while we fear today's.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4