Cry-Baby - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Cry-Baby Reviews

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TV Guide
June 20, 2009
The film is high on energy, color and camera movement and, as usual in Waters's world, everything is styled within an inch of its life, capturing all the fun and fever of the 1950s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety Staff
June 20, 2009
John Waters' mischievous satire of the teen exploitation genre is entertaining as a rude joyride through another era, full of great clothes and hairdos.
Jon Fortgang
June 20, 2009
Cheerfully camp, terrifically enjoyable teen parody that ranks among Waters' best moments. Oh, and world -- meet Johnny Depp!
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 19, 2007
It's a satire that functions the same way the stuff it's satirizing does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mark Kermode
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Waters' finest film to date, a worthy successor to Hairspray which exudes teen angst and young lust from every pore.
Cole Smithey
November 7, 2005
Great campy fun. How many tears will Johnny shed?
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 8, 2005
Pink Flamingos fans will find Cry-Baby decidedly tame, but it's one of my favorites.
Sarah Chauncey
July 23, 2005
Waters is just as offbeat as any of his film characters- and he surrounds himself with creative people who wouldn't at all be out of place in a John Waters movie.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Don Willmott
May 7, 2005
Everyone is clearly having a ball in Cry-Baby, and one can only imagine what the nightlife was like on the set
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
Successfully works in fits and starts.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Clint Morris
March 11, 2005
Johnny Depp is a rockin' revelation
| Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 8, 2004
Unhinged and inventive
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 25, 2004
Tears for fears? Nah, it's Johnny Depp's. When will this Waters gem be adapted for Broadway?
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 9, 2004
John Waters at his most accessible -- which is still really odd.
| Original Score: 3/5
Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (
August 28, 2003
Better than Grease. Overlooked but fabulous John Waters' musical.
| Original Score: 5/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
July 23, 2003
Waters goes mainstream. Johnny proves he has depth.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Depp, who smolders naturally when he isn't trying so hard, acts this role about as well as Elvis would have; under the circumstances, that's fine.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 16, 2003
Altogether a joyous outburst of Watersian creativity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
December 19, 2002
Criminally underrated; one of Waters' most enjoyable comedies
| Original Score: 4/5
Nate Yapp
October 12, 2002
It's worth a rental, if you're in the mood for something offbeat but less filling, but don't expect a revelation.
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