Pink Flamingos (1972)

Pink Flamingos

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Several truly disgusting individuals, including 300-pound Babs (played by transvestive Divine), compete for the title of "The World's Filthiest Person" in this infamous exercise in bad taste. John Waters' cult classic is both hilarious and repulsive; only the strong-hearted should stick around for the notorious final scene.

Rating: NC-17
Genre: Comedy
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Written By: John Waters
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On DVD: Jun 14, 2005
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Critic Reviews for Pink Flamingos

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (8)

I am not giving a star rating to Pink Flamingos, because stars simply seem not to apply. It should be considered not as a film but as a fact, or perhaps as an object.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Waters works best with some restrictions on his license. He's much better as a subversive than he is an anarchist.

January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

It will take patience and a strong stomach to sit through, to 'take,' the whole.

Full Review… | September 18, 2014
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

[VIDEO ESSAY] "Pink Flamingos" remains to this day the most cogently transgressive and anarchic film ever made.

Full Review… | July 13, 2014
ColeSmithey.com

Waters demonstrates visual talent and entertains

Full Review… | February 9, 2013
Old School Reviews

But what made Waters unique was the joyous quality of his work, the wicked delight he took in trashy obscenity.

Full Review… | July 28, 2012
KPBS.org

Audience Reviews for Pink Flamingos

½

A couple who keep impregnated women chained in their cellar so they can sell the babies to lesbians for adoption try to challenge Divine for the title of "filthiest person alive." Contains every kind of cruelty, obscenity and freak show behavior you can imagine, notoriously including unsimulated coprophagia and chickens killed during sex. There is some value in pushing the envelope so you can see where the line should be, but even John Waters realized he had gone too far with this one.

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Greg S

Super Reviewer

John Waters most famous film, Pink Flamingos is an awful piece of crap that is just poorly constructed with a poorly thought plot, which really doesn't make sense, and really bad cast. This is pure Exploitation done wrong. I've seen my fair share of Exploitation pictures, but this one ranks as the worst. I really don't understand as to why this film has gotten praise. This film was trash, and a poor waste of film. There is little substance here to really make it worth seeing, and the content is despicable and it's just for shock value. This is not a film classic by any means, and it doesn't deserve the praise it has gotten. Trash films are fun, I mean look at what Trauma has done. However this is just a disturbing piece of garbage that should not be watched at all costs. I was curious about this film, as I've heard plenty of things about it, how it was a milestone of cinema and such. However, when I unfortunately ended up watching it, I really didn't get the hype. Waters exposes us to every taboo there is, purely for shock value. The film leaves asking questions, as to why this crap would be made. This is not landmark cinema, and it really a picture that exhibits poor taste. The success of Pink Flamingos on the midnight film circuit is surprising. Aside from sheer shock content, the film is boring with nothing interesting going for it. I really don't see what's funny with Pink Flamingos, and it is a poorly constructed film that never should have been made.

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Alex roy

Super Reviewer

An outrageous and repulsive exercise in bad taste whose only infantile objective is to leave you disgusted as if eating dog shit yourself. It is not funny, the acting is horrible and John Waters only proves he is an awful director with his trashy zooms and camera movements.

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Carlos Magalhães

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