I Am Divine (2013) - Rotten Tomatoes

I Am Divine (2013)



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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Critic Reviews for I Am Divine

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (13)

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

January 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.

December 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.

November 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.

November 8, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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.

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

October 25, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for I Am Divine


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

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

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