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Cry-Baby Reviews

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 21, 2015
The wizard of odd still runs amok.
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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
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".
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ron Wolfe
Tulsa World
January 21, 2015
It has a great score of obscure '50s rock and doo-wop. It has the candy-colored look of a '50s musical. What it doesn't have is a moment of anything that seems remotely real.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
January 21, 2015
Cry-Baby takes digs at Jailhouse Rock in a musical number that Elvis would have loved to do.
Brian Orndorf
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
September 9, 2014
Campy '50s parody has mild sex references, violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jo Berry
Empire Magazine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
April 23, 2011
Johnny Depp is extremely well cast in John Waters' sweet-natured fable about rebellious youth
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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.

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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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