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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 24, 2004
Who'd have thought John Waters could make sex seem so tedious?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 24, 2004
After a half-hour of laughs, the shock of the language and the subject matter and the graphic-comic depictions of what some people go through to get their jollies wears off.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 24, 2004
Monotonous, repetitive and sometimes wildly wrong in what it hopes is funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
October 6, 2004
The story is trite and uninteresting. And the humor is only occasionally funny, and that's largely because it's almost impossible not to be impressed by Tracey Ullman's manic energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 22, 2004
I've always felt about his movies as I do about Monty Python: Half an hour is a riot; an hour and half starts to be a chore.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
September 22, 2004
Even though his new movie is awful, at least Waters was honest enough to stick it with an accurate title.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 27, 2004
... you can have an open mind and hate this movie because I good well hated this movie.
Todd Gilchrist
September 30, 2004
'Going yodeling in the canyon' was my particular favorite of film's sexual fetish euphemisms, but I could have done without 'Roman showers' and 'Plate job.'
Eric D. Snider
September 24, 2004
It's a braying, garish movie in which, as usual, Waters has cast actors who think a bad performance is the same as a 'campy' one.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 24, 2004
Ray-Ray says it best: 'It's like Noah's Ark around here; there's one of every perversion. Alas, it's all been done.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
October 5, 2004
Shrill and clamorous claptrap, a movie whose harried declamations and colorful, frenetic staging give the impression of plot in the absence of any real narrative conviction.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Erik Childress
September 23, 2004
Eventually the joke wears as thin as a chicken crossing a road to get felched.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
October 11, 2004
What's shocking today is very different to what was shocking 20 years ago... but John Waters doesn't seem to have noticed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 23, 2004
John Waters's first film in four years is a grindingly anarchic attempt to have it both ways, to be both cheerfully inclusive and in-your-face nasty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
September 24, 2004
The many variations on the movie's lone joke are punctuated by dead spots, and Waters' resounding endorsement of orgasmic frenzy hardly seems like a bold new call to revolution.
Read More | Original Score: C+
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 24, 2004
The obviousness and redundancy of the material take their toll on each of the actors.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 24, 2004
It's pure, unadulterated, unexpurgated John Waters. It's just not much of a movie.
September 26, 2004
The few laughs I got were not worth suffering through the rest of the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
September 22, 2004
All the dated satirical targets are hit during the first few minutes, and then the movie repeats the same joke ad nauseum -- it's like a record that won't stop skipping.
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