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Cry-Baby Reviews

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine
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.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 2, 2002
A strangely off-putting musical farce.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
September 4, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Cory Cheney
Urban Tulsa Weekly
February 18, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Basically the filmmaker reminds us of his affection for social misfits, but without much conviction. He's simply too hip to commit himself to his beliefs, and a relentless frivolity prevails.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Some of the musical numbers are fun and there are some good gags here and there, but for the most part this one is pretty weak.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 11, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
There are some funny moments, but this may be the first time the director's scabrous, anarchic wit seems vaguely depressed.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
January 21, 2015
Cry-Baby is often sweet-spirited even when its crummy, but there's also something fetid in its foolery.
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 Costello
Common Sense Media
September 9, 2014
Campy '50s parody has mild sex references, violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
If there is one constant in recent social history, it is that we feel nostalgia for yesterday's teenage badness even while we fear today's.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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