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I Am Divine Reviews

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Dominic Mill
We Got This Covered
August 9, 2014
A fascinating larger-than-life portrait of its larger-than-life subject, I Am Divine is a beguiling blend of poignancy, humor and glorious excess.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
July 20, 2014
It's surprisingly moving stuff - dressed up with just enough archival outrage to remind you how scandalous Divine once seemed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)
July 18, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
July 18, 2014
This is, for the most part, a celebration of Divine's life unencumbered by guilt or oppression.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Adam Smith
Radio Times
July 18, 2014
Schwarz interviews friends and fans, piecing together a picture of a gentle, perhaps surprisingly shy man who channelled his family's rejection and his anger at society into his outrageous alter-ego.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Lisa Williams
Electric Sheep
July 18, 2014
Despite the sadness, we are reminded of what an influential figure Divine was, and how his very presence continues to bring comfort to others who identify as outsiders.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
July 17, 2014
A joyous hurrah for a unique figure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike McCahill
July 17, 2014
Schwarz offsets the camp with a sincere appreciation of both the obvious, larger-than-life personality and this performer's oft-overlooked skills ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine
July 17, 2014
Touching and funny. Waters fans should sign up now.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rebecca Ellis
Little White Lies
July 17, 2014
This is divine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Lewis Porteous
The Skinny
July 17, 2014
This documentary mostly looks back on its subject's career as a notorious drag act, with consistently amusing input from the likes of John Waters, Tab Hunter and psychedelic theatre troupe The Cockettes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
July 17, 2014
I Am Divine riffs entertainingly through the career of the drag star who blazed in Pink Flamingoes and Hairspray.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emma Simmonds
The List
July 16, 2014
I Am Divine may not be the blowsy riot you'd expect given Divine's salty screen persona but it tells his story with wit, insight and compassion, revealing a rather sweet and sensitive man underneath that sparkling shell.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
July 14, 2014
High camp and low trash make an entertaining combo in an overdue homage to a fearless trailblazer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
July 11, 2014
With an appropriate explosion of humour and colour, this documentary traces the life of a fiercely individualistic actor, digging beneath the surface to explore both his origins and his legacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
June 28, 2014
A loving biographical portrait that encompasses the legendary icon's rise to infamy while touching on the emotional complexities of its subject.
Daniel Walber
June 5, 2014
Fans of Divine and of Waters' work will be delighted, and anyone else who catches it will want to dive right in to the diva's gigantic body of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Leland Montgomery
Paste Magazine
April 17, 2014
Shwarz helps paint a picture of an extraordinary boy who lived so far outside what was considered "normal," he had no choice but to blaze his own trail.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.3/10
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
April 8, 2014
A solid overview of this truly unique person's life.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 15, 2014
The film's heart is the chequered relationship Milstead had with his mother, whose shifting regard for her larger-than-life son takes centre stage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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