I Am Divine Reviews

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
January 9, 2014
A glimpse of a surprisingly shy and gentle soul who longed to be a star.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
November 14, 2013
In "I Am Divine," bolstered by plentiful interviews with Waters and other collaborators, Schwarz effectively turns Milstead into the life of a party that didn't really end with his death in 1988.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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-
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Los Angeles Times
October 31, 2013
Schwarz understands Divine, a heroine to outsiders, and Glenn, who took the persona as far as he could and was ready for new roles. His film's celebratory pizazz suits them both.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
October 25, 2013
The Pink Flamingos star Divine gets her own well-deserved spotlight.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
October 25, 2013
Entertaining doc is sweeter than expected and will be an eye-opener for young fans.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 25, 2013
Even if this overly respectful movie never goes quite deep enough, it does shows us the man behind the garish eye shadow, the lost boy under the Totie Fields wig.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 25, 2013
A fine, touching tribute to John Waters' larger-than-life drag diva ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 24, 2013
Divine expanded the concept of the drag queen from brash female impersonator into something much larger, more subversive and less gender specific.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 24, 2013
In Milstead's brief 42 years there were separations and reunions, stumbles, success and, finally, a real American family, in movies oddly ahead of their time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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
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Simon Abrams
Village Voice
October 22, 2013
It's gratifying to see Divine praised for being outrageous ...