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Cecil B. Demented Reviews

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April 25, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 10, 2001
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Ends up a sloppy exercise in irritating audiences instead of the sharp satire the story line promises.
January 1, 2000
The problem with John Waters making a movie about the sorry state of commercial cinema is that his output is only a little more useful than what he's satirizing.
January 1, 2000
Consistently amusing and smart in its choice of targets, but it lacks the manic edge of some of Waters' earlier movies.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 1, 2000
Where once Waters was brilliantly polluted, now he comes off diluted.
January 1, 2000
A small, scruffy, but agreeably energized comedy.
January 1, 2000
An insufferable, self-important, sloppily made bore of a tirade.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 1, 2000
Barely coherent mishmash.
January 1, 2000
It's sad to report that the only remotely shocking thing about [Cecil B. Demented] is the heavy-handedness of its humor and the blunt ineffectiveness of its diatribes.
January 1, 2000
Appears to have been written and directed by a grade-school dropout snorting airplane glue.
January 1, 2000
Waters' writing has never been sharper or more focused than in Cecil B. Demented.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Not even the reassuring familiarity of the Waters stock company (including Mink Stole, Ricki Lake and, pointedly in this case, Patty Hearst) is enough to fully redeem this effort.
January 1, 2000
Waters' outlaw analyses of pop culture, always a crucial part of his films, have now started to consume them.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 1, 2000
A losing battle.
January 1, 2000
Hamstrung by a script that is too often smug, obvious and self-important -- all qualities that Waters used to lampoon mercilessly.
January 1, 2000
Cecil ... is far from demented enough.
January 1, 2000
An audacious little comedy with bursts of hilarity and a certain giddy energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
[Waters] piles on one wacky notion after another, and somehow they stack without toppling.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
January 1, 2000
A fast, furious and funny fusillade of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
As a satire, Cecil B. Demented is uninspired, and, as a motion picture, it's unfunny, charmless, and amateurish.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 1, 2000
The film can't sustain its initial high attack, and ends up seeming a bit of a fizzle, mischievous rather than genuinely wild.
January 1, 2000
The movie has a radical premise ... but pitches it at the level of a very bad sketch on Saturday Night Live.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: D+