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I Am Divine Reviews

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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 8, 2013
Filled with heady outrageousness at the same time it continuously skirts the apparent emptiness in the man wearing those crazy wigs.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle
October 25, 2013
Sincere but overly reverential.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
April 8, 2014
A solid overview of this truly unique person's life.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Ethan LaCroix
Time Out
October 22, 2013
A striking tribute to the pioneering spirit, radical queerness and sheer divinity of Divine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dominic Mill
We Got This Covered
August 9, 2014
A fascinating larger-than-life portrait of its larger-than-life subject, I Am Divine is a beguiling blend of poignancy, humor and glorious excess.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
November 5, 2013
It's a warm, affecting tribute, taking us inside the blessed existence of the person John Waters calls the world's greatest outsider.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Leland Montgomery
Paste Magazine
April 17, 2014
Shwarz helps paint a picture of an extraordinary boy who lived so far outside what was considered "normal," he had no choice but to blaze his own trail.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.3/10
Rebecca Ellis
Little White Lies
July 17, 2014
This is divine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
July 18, 2014
This is, for the most part, a celebration of Divine's life unencumbered by guilt or oppression.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Lewis Porteous
The Skinny
July 17, 2014
This documentary mostly looks back on its subject's career as a notorious drag act, with consistently amusing input from the likes of John Waters, Tab Hunter and psychedelic theatre troupe The Cockettes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emma Simmonds
The List
July 16, 2014
I Am Divine may not be the blowsy riot you'd expect given Divine's salty screen persona but it tells his story with wit, insight and compassion, revealing a rather sweet and sensitive man underneath that sparkling shell.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Daniel Walber
Nonfics
June 5, 2014
Fans of Divine and of Waters' work will be delighted, and anyone else who catches it will want to dive right in to the diva's gigantic body of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Lisa Williams
Electric Sheep
July 18, 2014
Despite the sadness, we are reminded of what an influential figure Divine was, and how his very presence continues to bring comfort to others who identify as outsiders.
Glenn Dunks
Glenn Dunks
October 23, 2013
[Director Jeffrey] Schwartz has made a film that would impress Divine's biggest fan: himself. It's all about Divine, darling and don't you forget it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
October 22, 2013
Though it may boil down to your average procession-of-talking-heads template, it's still enlivened by the raucous words from the band of outsiders who supported and launched Divine into the limelight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
December 27, 2013
It's hard to go wrong with a movie about famed drag queen Divine, and director Jeffrey Schwarz certainly doesn't in "I Am Divine," a serious documentary about this gloriously trashy trailblazer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Drew McWeeny
HitFix
October 25, 2013
Affectionate, informative and genuinely entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
June 28, 2014
A loving biographical portrait that encompasses the legendary icon's rise to infamy while touching on the emotional complexities of its subject.
Sarah Boslaugh
PopMatters
March 10, 2013
Although the story ends sadly (no one should die at age 42), the film itself is not sad, but is instead a celebration of a performer who made the most out of the talents he had.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
March 15, 2014
The film's heart is the chequered relationship Milstead had with his mother, whose shifting regard for her larger-than-life son takes centre stage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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