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With warmth and affection, I Am Divine offers an engaging portrait of the complex personality behind a trailblazing cinematic figure. Read critic reviews

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The life and work of cultural icon, recording artist and actor Divine.

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Critic Reviews for I Am Divine

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (52) | Rotten (2)

  • After seeing the film premiere at SXSW, I asked a Divine-devotee friend of mine why she loves Divine so much. She simply said, "Because Divine's the original." If it wasn't already obvious, Schwartz's I Am Divine cements it.

    January 15, 2021 | Full Review…
  • It's surprisingly moving stuff - dressed up with just enough archival outrage to remind you how scandalous Divine once seemed.

    July 20, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The interviewees and even his mother, with whom he was reconciled late in his life, all portray him as a generous and very sweet-natured man.

    July 18, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This is, for the most part, a celebration of Divine's life unencumbered by guilt or oppression.

    July 18, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Schwarz offsets the camp with a sincere appreciation of both the obvious, larger-than-life personality and this performer's oft-overlooked skills ...

    July 17, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Touching and funny. Waters fans should sign up now.

    July 17, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • After seeing the film premiere at SXSW, I asked a Divine-devotee friend of mine why she loves Divine so much. She simply said, "Because Divine's the original." If it wasn't already obvious, Schwartz's I Am Divine cements it.

    January 15, 2021 | Full Review…
  • It's surprisingly moving stuff - dressed up with just enough archival outrage to remind you how scandalous Divine once seemed.

    July 20, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The interviewees and even his mother, with whom he was reconciled late in his life, all portray him as a generous and very sweet-natured man.

    July 18, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This is, for the most part, a celebration of Divine's life unencumbered by guilt or oppression.

    July 18, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • While it serves as a wonderful preface to Divine's notable body of work, it's equally enjoyable to revisit the infamous, intriguing, and incomparable career of a star whose life ended much too soon.

    August 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • I Am Divine is a thoroughly optimistic and exuberant celebration of life that quashes any myths about transvestism and reveals a side to the icon, that had been previously unseen.

    April 2, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for I Am Divine

  • Aug 22, 2015
    This is an efficient and enjoyable documentary about the life and career of John Waters' muse of filth, even though it feels excessively reverential and has a structure that is a bit too conventional - which seems pretty ironic, considering the unconventional subject in question.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 11, 2015
    Interesting documentary, just not as probing as I would've preferred. The film is extremely biased in its approach to Divine's life, trying its hardest to ignore the fact that Divine wasn't everyone's cup of tea. The late drag queen was an extremely intriguing figure of cinema however, so the documentary holds your attention nonetheless, but if you're looking for a more raw account of the star then you need not apply.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 26, 2014
    A thorough and compassionate exploration of an enigmatic yet wonderfully eccentric individual, I Am Divine has plenty to say about identity, fame, and self-respect.
    Sam B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 17, 2014
    The life of Glen Milstead, from a chunky effeminate nerd who got beat up at school to the iconic, outrageous and obscene 300 lb drag queen Divine, the main attraction in John Waters' transgressive early comedies. The reverential interviews and clips meet, but don't exceed, your expectations for a documentary about Divine.
    Greg S Super Reviewer

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