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Die Mommie Die! Reviews

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Dennis Harvey
Variety
February 12, 2009
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
December 12, 2003
You quickly start to realize that there's not much of a movie here.
| Original Score: 2/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 5, 2003
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 28, 2003
Cheesy, corny and cheap. In other words, it's everything writer-star Charles Busch wanted his spoof of B-movies to be.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 28, 2003
Aside from meeting a memorable character -- an aging pop diva with self-dramatizing flair -- this comedy thrives on arch melodrama and movie smarts.
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
November 28, 2003
How can you not like a movie where characters spout ridiculous dialogue such as, 'You can't discard me like one of your false eyelashes!' and believe every word they're hissing?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 4, 2003
Picture Far From Heaven done as a farce with a drag queen in the Julianne Moore role. Or don't picture it -- Die is still hotly hilarious.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 31, 2003
All this probably worked much better as a stage production.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 31, 2003
In the midst of all the double-entendres and genre sendups, Busch disappears so completely into Angela's persona that viewers may quickly forget it's a man inside that red wig and those extravagant gowns.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 31, 2003
The reason to watch Die Mommie Die! isn't for its story, but the zing in its actors' eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
October 31, 2003
Die Mommie Die! winds up neither hilarious nor a credible spoof of a genre intent on spoofing itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
October 31, 2003
Occasionally stagy and flat, Die is worth seeing for Busch's grand performance.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
October 31, 2003
A brilliantly pitch-perfect sendup of a particular type of cheesy movie.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 31, 2003
What could have been a one-gag movie turns out to be one of the funniest comedies John Waters never made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 31, 2003
Drag queens are no longer funny just because they're drag queens; we've lost the nervousness about gender that once made us need to laugh at a man in drag.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 31, 2003
Busch is such a tenaciously subversive entertainer that you appreciate the movie despite Mark Rucker's iffy directorial strategies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 30, 2003
Although the supporting performances are carefully shaded caricatures, Die Mommie Die! is really Mr. Busch's show. Within the cramped limitations of drag, he exudes a genuine screen charisma.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
October 30, 2003
First-time director Mark Rucker has a nice feel for period detailing but fails to build on his star's rare flashes of high energy.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
October 30, 2003
Die Mommie Die! has great fun demolishing pretense and the facade of respectability while never hitting a false note.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Charles Ealy
Dallas Morning News
October 30, 2003
An expertly crafted, loving homage to women's movies of the 1940s and '50s.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
October 30, 2003
Busch muffles his drag performance, suffocating the humor, and the cleverness of the plot is given too much responsibility, as if the filmmakers were actually expecting this movie to be appreciated as a thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 29, 2003
The movie winds up walking a line between put-on pastiche and kitsch passion, and Jason Priestley is perfect as a brooding lunkhead of Tab Hunter gigolo-osity.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Alexis Soloski
Village Voice
October 28, 2003
Busch can transcend even the smog, making hazy camp seem fresh.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 31, 2003
It's diva worship done more tastefully than John Waters, more adroitly than 8 Women but less flamboyantly than RuPaul.