Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea Reviews

December 19, 2019
Plagues and Pleasures has a different style for a reason: It's a movie about the environment that isn't content with the good-bad dynamic of your average gloomy enviropic.
December 13, 2019
John Waters' dry narration suits the surreal, comic material.
September 13, 2009
While the doc flounders as a coherent story of human folly, it's a cheeky travelmercial guaranteed to get the curious to make the road trip to this near-abandoned resort.
December 6, 2007
It makes for a strange, but somewhat endearing, melange of the grim and comic.
November 29, 2007
The movie is engaging for the way it documents the rise and fall of a semi-natural landmark, and especially for the way it shows how people still come to California to remake themselves.
October 26, 2007
Plagues and Pleasures is simultaneously fun and creepy, best appreciated by those who enjoy similar profiles of Detroit's crumbling grandeur.
July 12, 2007
Narrated with morbid relish by John Waters, this witty doc chronicles the rise and ruination of the Salton Sea, a tiny inland ocean once promoted as 'California's Riviera' but now a festering, apocalyptically hideous ecological disaster zone.
June 4, 2007
As documentary subjects go, the Salton Sea was ripe for the plucking: This man-made phenomenon is one of the weirdest stories of the West.
June 1, 2007
Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer found a strange place -- in California, of all places -- and made a video postcard about its colorful denizens and ecological calamity.
June 1, 2007
[An] occasionally lighthearted but always affecting cautionary tale.
May 31, 2007
This is a startlingly funny portrait of Gothic Americana.
May 31, 2007
If it's not likely to send you scurrying off to the place on your next vacation, it's still a fascinating, nutty story, a kind of Chinatown gone wrong (or gone more wrong ).
May 22, 2007
Takes a light-and-lively approach to the local population, consisting of transplanted oddballs and stubborn survivors drawn to the Sea's calm, sunny environs and isolated, crime-free lifestyle.
April 19, 2007
An often-fascinating document of change -- incremental as evaporation, or catastrophic as flooding.
March 1, 2006
Jaunty and fun for a while, with a cast of colorful locals who make the residents of Vernon, Florida seem normal, pic ultimately overstays its welcome and overstates its case.
February 28, 2006
Although the lake may be slowly dying, it is still beloved by a motley bunch of eccentrics who are profiled in the highly entertaining documentary Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea.
February 13, 2006
California dreaming meets good old American eccentricity and ecological emergency in the story of the Salton Sea.