I Am Divine (2013)

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Critic Consensus: With warmth and affection, I Am Divine offers an engaging portrait of the complex personality behind a trailblazing cinematic figure.

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Young, chubby Harris Glenn Milstead liked musicals, was drawn to feminine pursuits, and was bullied. He was privately playing "dress-up games" in his mother's clothes. By 1963, Glenn was brave enough to show up at a party with his then girlfriend dressed as an astonishingly passable Elizabeth Taylor, among the many glamorous stars he openly idolized. (c) Official Site

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A glimpse of a surprisingly shy and gentle soul who longed to be a star.

Jan 9, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's hard to go wrong with a movie about famed drag queen Divine, and director Jeffrey Schwarz certainly doesn't in "I Am Divine," a serious documentary about this gloriously trashy trailblazer.

Dec 27, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

In "I Am Divine," bolstered by plentiful interviews with Waters and other collaborators, Schwarz effectively turns Milstead into the life of a party that didn't really end with his death in 1988.

Nov 14, 2013 | Rating: 3/4

Filled with heady outrageousness at the same time it continuously skirts the apparent emptiness in the man wearing those crazy wigs.

Nov 8, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Detroit News
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Schwarz understands Divine, a heroine to outsiders, and Glenn, who took the persona as far as he could and was ready for new roles. His film's celebratory pizazz suits them both.

Oct 31, 2013 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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The Pink Flamingos star Divine gets her own well-deserved spotlight.

Oct 25, 2013 | Full Review…
Variety
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½

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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 Barnett
Sam Barnett

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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
Greg S

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½

Very good documentary on famed drag queen Divine, featuring well conducted interview with those who knew him and worked with him, this is an entertaining film, one that is quite different than your normal documentary because of its subject, and it's quite refreshing as well. For its run time, I Am Divine is quite entertaining and it's a documentary that is entertaining from start to finish. Although good, I found the film a bit lacking because it's for me a bit too short for a documentary and it feels like it rushes too fast with its subject. Despite this, I Am Divine is good for what it is, and for viewers interested in the Divine, I guess that this will surely appeal to viewers who have enjoyed John Waters' work as well As fans of Divine. For what it is, it's a good documentary, but to be honest, I expected a bit more as well. The film manages to go into its subject well enough to establish who is Divine, but you are left wanting a bit more as well. Nonetheless, the interviews are well done, and there are enough effective moments in this documentary to warrant a recommendation, but for those interested in the famed drag queen, this may or may not offer what you're looking for. I Am Divine is entertaining, bizarre and well crafted, but at times it could have been better than what is presented here. I enjoyed the film, but I wanted more as well. But as a whole, for fans of Divine, this is well worth seeing despite its shortcomings.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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