Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
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  1. The shenanigans have been pared into 84 minutes of transgressive, potty-minded farce, that is often Waters at his most cheerful and most thematically focused.
  2. 80
    DeMented is Waters the way we like him--spiked with laughs and served with a twist.
  3. A fast, furious and funny fusillade of a movie.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Cecil B. proves how a dose of smart bad taste can be jolly good fun.
  5. 80
    Not to be missed, one of the year's best, a whole lotta laughs, and 4-stars all rolled into one.
  6. If this movie does anything to rally crowds against cinema's mass distribution of mediocrity then it has served a noble purse.
  7. The comedy is frantic and tasteless in the usual Waters mode, but it takes telling potshots at the Hollywood establishment, which isn't nearly so open about the tackiness of its products.
  8. It's Waters' way of saying: It's only a movie.
  9. It's an audacious little comedy with bursts of hilarity and a certain giddy energy.
  10. 75
    For good and ill, there is only one John Waters.
  11. 75
    For movie fans who despair of the state of American cinema, the in-jokes are hilarious.
  12. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    A small, scruffy, but agreeably energized comedy.
  13. Funnier than "Pecker" but a far cry from the best of Waters's Divine movies.
  14. 70
    Neither Waters' funniest film nor, by a long chalk, his most radical. But it is, as promised, a passing of the torch and an article of suitably perverse faith in the next generation of nutso cinéastes.
  15. 70
    This is a sweet-spirited movie about a nice bunch of kids having good clean fun.
  16. Reviewed by: David Ehrenstein
    Waters offers a worldview that's uniquely his own.
  17. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    It's the cinematic equivalent of one of those prop guns where you pull the trigger and a little flag comes out of the barrel, waving gaily.

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