Cry-Baby Reviews

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May 21, 2020
It's not at all difficult to declare Cry-Baby the best American movie musical in recent memory.
January 21, 2015
For a while the actors seem intimidated by the '50s references, but the film eventually develops a musical energy that carries the day.
January 21, 2015
Cry-Baby is often sweet-spirited even when its crummy, but there's also something fetid in its foolery.
January 21, 2015
If Cry-Baby has a message, it's that Cry-Baby and Allison deserve each other because they're young and they're beautiful, which certainly runs counter to Waters' affection for the grotesque, the bad and the ugly.
January 21, 2015
The wizard of odd still runs amok.
January 21, 2015
It all adds up to zany, wide-eyed, quintessential Waters havoc -- the "kinder, gentler" 1990s brand, perhaps. But the genuine article, nonetheless.
January 21, 2015
I don't quite know how Waters did it (and I have absolutely no idea why he did it), but the fact that Cry-Baby is fun suggests that the filmmaker possesses an instinctive understanding of what made those Elvis pictures so successful in the first place.
January 21, 2015
Waters's feeling for the mid-50s doesn't really match his sense of the early 60s, and his plot moves seem increasingly formulaic.
January 21, 2015
The nostalgic delights in Waters's reform school drool are often more subtle than his other period offering, Hairspray, but it's still a polished debunking of pop culture from the "Pope of Trash".
January 21, 2015
Waters's writing is woefully uneven. It's as if Sam Kinison had decided to tell knock-knock jokes -- sterile, unfunny knock-knock jokes at that.
January 21, 2015
As Waters moves to a more conventional type of satire, he is losing some of the edge that gave his earlier films their crass appeal.
January 21, 2015
John Waters progressed from the truly disgusting ("Pink Flamingoes") to the truly funny ("Hair Spray") only to now hit the mainstream wall.
January 21, 2015
Cry-Baby takes digs at Jailhouse Rock in a musical number that Elvis would have loved to do.
January 20, 2015
Cry-Baby doesn`t have a subject, but only a format-a rickety framework erected to support a few broad gags and a few indifferently filmed production numbers.
September 27, 2014
Showcases the very best of Waters's sense of humor and enthusiasm for details, crafting a loving parody of already goofy efforts.
September 9, 2014
Campy '50s parody has mild sex references, violence.
September 7, 2011
There are some funny moments, but this may be the first time the director's scabrous, anarchic wit seems vaguely depressed.
July 13, 2011
A delinquent joy-ride, though without the Hard-core distaste of previous Waters flicks, which may or may not be a bad thing.
April 23, 2011
Johnny Depp is extremely well cast in John Waters' sweet-natured fable about rebellious youth
June 20, 2009
Waters' hole card is Johnny Depp, the winsome tough from TV's 21 Jump Street, who radiates big- screen grace and swagger as Cry-Baby -- no easy trick, since he is guying his own image.
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