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May 13, 2015
Curiously cutesy and unashamedly depraved, John Waters' shocker is worth watching if only for its bizarre tone and eerie oddities. But be warned: this creepy comedy WILL test your stomach.
There's a lot of shouting, a lot of swearing and a surf-friendly soundtrack, as the film circles around a competition between oddball Divine and her baby-breeding adversaries for the title of 'filthiest people alive'. Characters include a travelling egg salesman, an egg-citable crib-bound Grandmother and a Peeping Tom (or rather, Flashing Raymond) and the marauding plot includes anything from creepy incest and the consumption of dog faeces, to anal stretching and chicken murder.
Despite the fact at least half of this outrageous material is near unwatchable, Pink Flamingos really has to be seen to be believed - it's one of few banned films that genuinely lives up to its myths. This is the filthiest movie alive. Or at least one of them...
May 3, 2015
The only movie that I love but would not recommend to anyone.
April 22, 2015
I felt that Pink Flamingos is just too raunchy and exploitive for it's own good,also quite poorly executed in ways.
½ April 19, 2015
A masterpiece of trash cinema!
John Water's dirty legacy has filled these boots for this film to become a pop culture sensation.
April 2, 2015
I needed a shower but they just don't make water hot enough!
½ March 30, 2015
The most cogently transgressive and anarchic film ever made?
February 25, 2015
John Waters' "Pink Flamingos," is a movie that proudly achieves every low, sordid, and shocking benchmark that it aims for. It's truly one of the most depraved, rancid, disgusting, and shamelessly stupid films I've ever seen.
January 28, 2015
Gross, twisted, and very, very funny. John Waters is the man.
December 16, 2014
A classic trash film. It´s difficult forget Divine, Crackers and Cotton. Violent, disruptive, a masterpiece of bad taste. Excellent soundtrack.
½ December 7, 2014
This is poor taste on coke, its weird, crazy and super Cult Worthy!
½ December 2, 2014
I give this film a half-star not because I feel it's a bad movie, but because it's just so ugly. I can't say anything against John Waters' work on this film because I know this is his total vision. Its unapologetic and grimy, and I get the feeling that's exactly what John wanted. Its just not for me.
November 29, 2014
Infamous sick comedy featuring coprophagia, chickens killed during sex, unusual camera zooms, and a fatty Bab Johnson competing over the title "The Filthiest Person Alive" against the Marbles.
November 7, 2014
The most profane exploitation films not even for me in my according standards as a Christian wise enough to avoid such vulgar or pornographic concepts in such cinemas of America.
November 6, 2014
'An exercise in poop taste' - is an apt tagline and that's all there is to it.
½ October 9, 2014
This movie isn't worth stomaching. I love dark satires, risqué crude comedy, dry humor ect, but this is just disgusting. It's trying too hard to be disturbing that it actually succeeds. It will quite literally test your gag-reflex. The only person I knew who thought this was funny was my husband,,, in middle school. It was so disgusting he thought it was hilarious. Obviously, he would never watch it again and tells others to avoid because its so stupid and gross. So, congrats. A movie a 12 year old boys obsessed with bodily waste find humorous.
½ September 23, 2014
Pink Flamingos hasn't held up particularly well, is my guess. It's conceptually solid, but 40 years of shock later has left it with a weak punch. Not that age should imply an inability to shock properly. After all, Salo was released a mere 5 years later. Sweet Movie a mere 2.

So perhaps the more key aspect to Pink Flamingos' inability to maintain momentum at this point in life seems to be how it is a very context-dependent movie, and that context is not 2014. But hell, I'm just taking a critic's word for it, I wasn't around for the 70s any more than any one else in my generation.

Of course, the basic story still works pretty good in 2014. As a battle between two families as to who is filthier, you can see how much would be applicable today. It's the details that end up a bit tame. In the 70s sending someone a turd in a box would probably somewhat horrifying. Today you can go on YouTube and watch someone lay a turd on the floor of a retail store. And they do it without the slick sheen of John Waters' cariacturization. The real world has upstaged Pink Flamingos more than any movie possibly could.

Maybe this awkward bit of prescience is the true brilliance behind Pink Flamingos. That John Waters could make such an outrageous film and a mere 40 years later we can watch it and have a hard time distinguishing these scenes from any other yahoo uploading crap onto the Internet. Whatever Waters was saying about the 70s, America seems to have taken as a personal agenda.
½ June 18, 2014
Una película de muy mal gusto que hay que saber apreciar dentro de su mal gusto, personajes y escenas icónicas que solo se ven una vez en el cine, y solo pueden salir de la mente retorcida del genio del trash John Waters.
June 12, 2014
you can only hate or like Pink Flamingos, there's no other reaction. Disgusting in every way and easily the most disturbing movie I have ever seen.
June 12, 2014
Breathtaking... A film such an idiot that you can't help but be awed in its stupidity. I mean, in how many films can you watch a transvestite gobble a REAL dog turd from the street?
June 12, 2014
A masterpiece of bad taste cinema. What makes this film truly great is that, even by today's standards, when you can download porn off the internet for free and the Jackass franchise has shown how far stunts can go, this films still manages to be shocking and repulsive. John Waters has an instinctive knowledge about what people don't want to see, and he puts it on the screen with fiendish delight.
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