I Am Divine

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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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All Critics (52) | Top Critics (15)

  • Schwarz offsets the camp with a sincere appreciation of both the obvious, larger-than-life personality and this performer's oft-overlooked skills ...

    Jul 17, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Guardian
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  • This is divine.

    Jul 17, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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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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