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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 30, 2004
Makes sex seem the least exciting thing in the world. And that's a dirty shame, indeed.
| Original Score: F
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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.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 24, 2004
[Waters] hasn't let slick technique take over as has Hollywood, and he retains his radical sensibility and his willingness to go where others haven't.
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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
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
September 24, 2004
Finds Waters basking in the wildness of such fun, but the film is also a retreat from his more sophisticated causticity of late. On one hand, it's a victory; on the other, it disappoints.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Winn
San Francisco Chronicle
September 24, 2004
More catalog than comedy, a checklist of erotically twisted dysfunctions strung together to fill 89 minutes of chirpy, stylized screen time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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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.
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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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 24, 2004
This raucously gritty and high-spirited film could scarcely be bluer in terms of the language, but from Waters it comes as a gust of fresh air.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 24, 2004
Erotic obsession, by definition, is repetitive, but who knew it could get so tedious?
| Original Score: 2/4
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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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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 24, 2004
A big, lascivious punch line about America's peculiar, embarrassed, hypocritical relationship with sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 24, 2004
Though A Dirty Shame is more enjoyable than Waters' last couple of films, that's largely due to the thoroughly demented performances of Ullman and Knoxville.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 24, 2004
It's just that the movie is so gosh-darned, I don't know, cuddly -- in a perverse, John Waters kind of way -- that it's hard not to like.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 24, 2004
There is something heartening in the way Waters continues to get away with such films.
| Original Score: B-
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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.
| Original Score: C+
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 23, 2004
Wicked, kinky fun.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
September 23, 2004
Let the chant begin here. Ullman for best actress! Ullman for best actress!
| Original Score: 4/4
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
September 23, 2004
It's the kind of movie that only a prude could hate.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
September 23, 2004
A return to form for Waters.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
September 23, 2004
That's the joke and it's the only joke. But it's a funny one and Waters manages to keep it going for the entire film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 23, 2004
Brims over with weirdos and eccentrics you wouldn't want to meet on the street. But the movie is so joyous and celebratory, it's a turn-on anyway.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 23, 2004
Raunchily entertaining.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
September 23, 2004
John Waters, top gun of tackiness, lives up to his happily tarnished reputation with a tale of sexual license, excess, perversion and overkill.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 23, 2004
Waters has earned the right to be raunchy. Unfortunately, he has lost the knack for making it interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 23, 2004
It's the freaks against the squares again, though Waters' celebration of freakishness has never looked quite so square.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
September 23, 2004
Awfully bawdy, never sexy, rarely funny, actually boring, one-note sex comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
September 21, 2004
A nonstop raunchfest with a surreal premise and a provocative agenda.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 19, 2004
It's impossible to scandalize audiences anymore with scenes of shocking bad taste.
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David Rooney
Variety
September 13, 2004
There's something to be said for the consistency of Waters' defiantly unrefined style, not to mention a certain naive charm in the '50s B-movie playfulness.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 13, 2004
Waters has returned to trashy form with what is unquestionably his most outrageous film since those heady Pink Flamingos days.