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A Dirty Shame Reviews

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
September 30, 2004
Makes sex seem the least exciting thing in the world. And that's a dirty shame, indeed.
Read More | Original Score: F
September 27, 2004
... you can have an open mind and hate this movie because I good well hated this movie.
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.
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
September 24, 2004
It's pure, unadulterated, unexpurgated John Waters. It's just not much of a movie.
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
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
September 24, 2004
Erotic obsession, by definition, is repetitive, but who knew it could get so tedious?
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 24, 2004
Monotonous, repetitive and sometimes wildly wrong in what it hopes is funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 24, 2004
A big, lascivious punch line about America's peculiar, embarrassed, hypocritical relationship with sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
September 24, 2004
There is something heartening in the way Waters continues to get away with such films.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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+
September 23, 2004
Wicked, kinky fun.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
September 23, 2004
Let the chant begin here. Ullman for best actress! Ullman for best actress!
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
September 23, 2004
It's the kind of movie that only a prude could hate.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 23, 2004
A return to form for Waters.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 23, 2004
Raunchily entertaining.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
September 23, 2004
Awfully bawdy, never sexy, rarely funny, actually boring, one-note sex comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
September 21, 2004
A nonstop raunchfest with a surreal premise and a provocative agenda.
September 19, 2004
It's impossible to scandalize audiences anymore with scenes of shocking bad taste.
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.
September 13, 2004
Waters has returned to trashy form with what is unquestionably his most outrageous film since those heady Pink Flamingos days.