Cecil B. DeMented


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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Critic Reviews

  1. If this movie does anything to rally crowds against cinema's mass distribution of mediocrity then it has served a noble purse.
  2. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    For movie fans who despair of the state of American cinema, the in-jokes are hilarious.
  3. Boston Globe
    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.
  4. Funnier than "Pecker" but a far cry from the best of Waters's Divine movies.
  5. 38
    Even with Cecil B. Demented, which fails on just about every level, you've got to hand it to him (Waters): The idea for the film is kind of inspired.
  6. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    Weighed down by the presence of Griffith. She plays her satiric part without much gusto or conviction - as if she were afraid we might believe she really is Honey.
  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. Waters offers a worldview that's uniquely his own.
  9. Has a few viciously funny moments.
  10. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    A small, scruffy, but agreeably energized comedy.
  11. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Hamstrung by a script that is too often smug, obvious and self-important.
  12. 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.
  13. A fast, furious and funny fusillade of a movie.
  14. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Shrill and sloppy film.
  15. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Appears to have been written and directed by a grade-school dropout snorting airplane glue.
  16. Not so much a movie as a self-contained world for like-minded people who wear their outsider status on their sleeves.
  17. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Jonathan Foreman
    Disappointing and surprisingly crude.
  18. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Maybe Waters set out to prove Karl Marx's observation that all great events happen twice, first as tragedy and the second time as farce.
  19. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    For good and ill, there is only one John Waters.
  20. Rolling Stone
    Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    DeMented is Waters the way we like him--spiked with laughs and served with a twist.
  21. 70
    This is a sweet-spirited movie about a nice bunch of kids having good clean fun.
  22. It's an audacious little comedy with bursts of hilarity and a certain giddy energy.
  23. San Francisco Examiner
    Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    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.
  24. It's Waters' way of saying: It's only a movie.
  25. Consistently amusing and smart in its choice of targets, but it lacks the manic edge of some of Waters' earlier movies.
  26. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Cecil B. proves how a dose of smart bad taste can be jolly good fun.
  27. TNT RoughCut
    Reviewed by: Susannah Breslin
    Not to be missed, one of the year's best, a whole lotta laughs, and 4-stars all rolled into one.
  28. Has a giddy silliness that's thoroughly endearing.
  29. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Where once Waters was brilliantly polluted, now he comes off diluted.
  30. 60
    Has the grace to send the audience out with a piece of Waters-written rap.
  31. 20
    An insufferable, self-important, sloppily made bore.

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