Die Mommie Die! Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
December 11, 2003
This is such a smug, self-satisfied film that it will leave a bad taste in your mouth, whether you're a fan of old melodramas or not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 31, 2003
Drag queens are no longer funny just because they're drag queens; we've lost the nervousness about gender that once made us need to laugh at a man in drag.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
March 31, 2003
Would be hysterical in a series of five-minute sketches. But with a flimsy plot and a reliance on 'aren't-we-naughty?' gay jokes, a feature film quickly becomes insufferable.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
October 31, 2003
Rucker and Busch try hard to pour on the melodrama and the camp, but the results are too restrained and self-conscious.
| Original Score: 2/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
November 3, 2003
A one-note farce that struggles just to remain on key.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
April 9, 2004
An extended skit on The Carol Burnett Show with fleeting full frontal nudity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 6, 2009
This drag queen camp farce was an unfunny drag.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 24, 2004
...Busch drags his campy send-up of Hollywood melodramas to the screen, and honey does it drag.
Marcy Dermansky
About.com
November 4, 2003
The best thing about "Die, Mommie Die" is the title.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
October 30, 2003
Busch muffles his drag performance, suffocating the humor, and the cleverness of the plot is given too much responsibility, as if the filmmakers were actually expecting this movie to be appreciated as a thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Erich Scholz
Citysearch
October 30, 2003
Busch is actually pretty great as Arden, but with nothing to hang his wig on, it all gets tiresome rather quickly, inviting unflattering comparisons to John Waters' superior 1980 effort, Polyester.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
October 30, 2003
First-time director Mark Rucker has a nice feel for period detailing but fails to build on his star's rare flashes of high energy.
Greg Muskewitz
eFilmCritic.com
March 31, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
October 31, 2003
Die Mommie Die! winds up neither hilarious nor a credible spoof of a genre intent on spoofing itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 31, 2003
All this probably worked much better as a stage production.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
November 3, 2003
Bad camp...despite the stylistic similarity, about as far from 'Far from Heaven' as you can get.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
David Noh
Film Journal International
November 3, 2003
Director Mark Rucker has the right intentions, but unfortunately, not enough skill in terms of comic timing and film pacing to make this confection really soar into parody heaven.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
December 12, 2003
You quickly start to realize that there's not much of a movie here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
December 14, 2003
Die Mommie Die! seems more like an amateur revue, perfectly all right for what it is, but not meant to be seen beyond an audience of friends and family.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Stephen Schaefer
Boston Herald
February 2, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Todd R. Ramlow
PopMatters
December 5, 2003
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
February 12, 2009

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November 1, 2003
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December 5, 2003

Orlando Weekly
December 19, 2003
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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