• R, 1 hr. 23 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    John Waters
    In Theaters:
    Jan 1, 1981 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 7, 2004
  • New Line Cinema
  • Polyester
    2 minutes 19 seconds
    Added: Jan 14, 2014

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Polyester Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

By standards of Waters' gross-out features, this mildly amusing film is sedate, notable for the casting of fading movie star Tab Hunter and for introducing a gimmick called Odorama, scratch-and-sniff cards.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B-

June 24, 2012
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

| Original Score: 3/5

April 6, 2006
Bill Gibron
DVD Verdict

Polyester may be one of the few times when Waters tried to expand his cinematic language at the expense of his usual verbal variety

Full Review Source: DVD Verdict | Original Score: 91/100

August 22, 2005
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 3/5

July 6, 2005
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Stinks in all the right ways.

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

May 4, 2005
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

| Original Score: 5/5

June 3, 2004
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

| Original Score: 4/5

April 14, 2004
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

| Original Score: 3/5

March 4, 2004
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 3/5

August 22, 2003
Rebecca Murray
About.com

| Original Score: 4/5

April 3, 2003
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

| Original Score: 3/5

March 7, 2003

| Original Score: 4/5

March 6, 2003
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

He makes you endure the grossest of the gross and you still laugh through the whole thing

| Original Score: 3/4

September 15, 2002
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A low-rent version of a Douglas Sirk 1950s soaper, with Divine being dragged through all the paces that might have been the lot of a glossy star of the era.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4/5

August 21, 2002
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com

Waters' humor might be as broad as possible in Polyester, but it's also astute enough here to be funny from moment to moment.

Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com | Original Score: 3/4

July 5, 2002
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide

Tab Hunter (Grease 2) earns praise for playing the dreamboat with such sincerity, and also for kissing Divine full on the lips. You don't win Oscars doing stuff like that.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 77/100

October 22, 2001
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 2/5

May 20, 2005
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

Falls apart in the end.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

September 8, 2001

Variety
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September 12, 2008
Derek Adams
Time Out
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February 9, 2006
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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August 30, 2004
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
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