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Hairspray Reviews

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October 23, 2001
Lots of people who use hairspray tend to lay it on real thick. One spritz from the aerosol can is never enough.
Read More | Original Score: 62/100
December 31, 2017
It is absurd and jolly, parodying not only the worst conventions of the teen film but also the Sixties social-conscience movie, with an anti-racist sub-plot.
September 3, 2015
Perhaps Waters' best known movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 19, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
The movie is a bubble-headed series of teenage crises and crushes, alternating with historically accurate choreography of such forgotten dances as the Madison and the Roach.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 10, 2016
Waters tones down his usual excesses, but his mischievous black sense of humour is still very much to the fore in this affectionate salute to Z-grade teen movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 8, 2009
The shock Waters's cinema offers, then, is not transcendent, but almost reflexive, implicating the viewer in the awkward complexities of his own humanity and forcing him to either celebrate it or run screaming away.
July 26, 2002
Waters' most accessible bout of cinematic insanity.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
May 4, 2005
The defining moment in the auteur's career-long dedication to lionizing Baltimore's misfit population.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 23, 2005
A Zany delight.....Lake is outstanding!
| Original Score: 3/5
August 22, 2005
Certainly Waters would argue that all his films end on an upbeat note. But [Hairspray] is the first time the joy seems genuine, not just perversely plastered on.
Full Review | Original Score: 98/100
January 1, 2000
The world is coming to an end: cracks are forming in the Earth's surface, mountain-sized chunks of ice are falling from the sky, John Waters has made a family film.
Full Review | Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4
September 12, 2007
The Waters film for your grandma, who will probably be only a little bit freaked out by it.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
November 6, 2005
Fun, fun, fun.
| Original Score: 4/5
December 18, 2010
A kitschy teen fantasy you can dance to.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 16, 2007
Not only Waters's best movie, but a crossover gesture that expands his appeal without compromising his vision one iota; Ricki Lake as the hefty young heroine is especially delightful.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 27, 2003
A perfect mixture of old trashy Waters and a new kinder, gentler Waters.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
July 14, 2007
Has a great message is endlessly entertaining, and come on you have to love Motormouth Maybelle...
June 30, 2007
John Waters' appreciation for the tacky side of life is in full flower in Hairspray, a slight but often highly amusing diversion about integration, big girls' fashions and music-mad teens in 1962 Baltimore.
May 20, 2001
It's not exactly Malcolm X, but Waters has never really made a stronger political statement since this film.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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