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  • Summary: Rude, joyous and full of sexual anarchy, this John Waters comedy has a generous heart and a dirty mind. (Fine Line Features)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 34
  2. Negative: 7 out of 34
  1. A Dirty Shame is certainly dirty, and maybe it's even a shame. But this is the John Waters we've come to know and cherish, and that alone is cause to celebrate.
  2. 78
    A genuine cri de couer in the director’s long-running battle against the forces of censorship and a banal societal (and cinematic) status quo. And for those reasons along it deserves to be seen.
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Shame is a welcome reminder that sex is sometimes too ridiculous to take so seriously.
  4. 60
    I love what his films stand for -- inclusivity, tolerance, liberation and fun -- but I’ve always felt about his movies as I do about Monty Python: Half an hour is a riot; an hour and half starts to be a chore.
  5. The humor is more childish than raunchy, but it's interesting to see that becoming a big-time Broadway impresario hasn't led Waters to sell out his affection for gross-out gags.
  6. 40
    It can hardly help but outrage at least some of the people some of the time.
  7. 25
    Tracey Ullman is a bright spot in an otherwise sordid, murky production.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Oct 27, 2013
    A Dirty Shame is all porn. John Waters PORN. A Dirty Shame is downright a big piece of golden trash from Pink Flamingoes director John Waters. Why u ask? Because no one can handle the explicit sexuality in the NC-17 version, it's what John Waters does. From the dick jokes or spreading salsa over breasts- it's NC-17. When I finished this film I thought- WTF? It's really about sex addicts in a neighbourhood. But why is it so funny? Because even the dirtiness in this movie, makes it real Waters entertainment. It's so bad its good. Expand

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