• NC-17, 1 hr. 35 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    John Waters
    In Theaters:
    Mar 17, 1972 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 14, 2005


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Pink Flamingos Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times

January 1, 2000
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

| Original Score: 0/5

June 25, 2004
Christopher Null

There's a flasher who ties sausage to his willy.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

October 24, 2001
Phil Hall

What was considered shocking in the 1970s seems benign today.

Full Review Source: IdentityTheory | Original Score: 2/5

March 14, 2010
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

September 18, 2014

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000

People complain about shock cinema and how far it has to go now to penetrate our jaded, desensitized sensibilities. Come meet the grandfather of it all!

Full Review Source: Cinerina | Original Score: 1/5

September 2, 2007
Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
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Waters works best with some restrictions on his license. He's much better as a subversive than he is an anarchist.

January 1, 2000
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

January 29, 2005
Michael Szymanski
International Press Academy

| Original Score: 4/5

November 4, 2005
Scott Weinberg

Infamously sick and certainly worth seeing ... but don't expect much.

| Original Score: 3/5

April 2, 2005
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Still succeeds as an all-out assault on good taste.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: B

May 4, 2005
Bill Gibron
DVD Verdict

[A] demented comedy that defecates on everything the '60s stood for, and then allows the drag queen in the lead to eat in, right on camera.

Full Review Source: DVD Verdict | Original Score: 98/100

August 22, 2005
Beth Accomando

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

Full Review Source: KPBS.org

July 28, 2012
Cole Smithey

gag-inducing and breathtaking at the same time.

| Original Score: 3/5

June 14, 2008
Cole Smithey

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

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A+

July 13, 2014
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

While the film now looks primitive and even more amateurish, it is laudable, if that's the right word, because unlike most movies being made these days, almost everything that happens in it is absolutely, horrifyingly real.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Hard to make an argument based on sheer artistry; impossible to make an argument against outrageous charm and transfixing weirdness.

| Original Score: 4/5

July 24, 2004
Jeremiah Kipp
Flipside Movie Emporium

What makes it all so cheerfully engaging are the larger than life performances from actors who are hardly professional but compulsively watchable, especially Waters' superstar, the irrepressible Divine.

Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium | Original Score: A

October 24, 2001
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: A-

April 9, 2005
Derek Adams
Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Bruce Walker
Washington Post
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January 22, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
David Ansen
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November 3, 2008

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