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  • Release Date: Oct 25, 2013

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Chris Kaltenbach
    Oct 28, 2013
    This is a movie that's really about how much fun Glenn Milstead had being Divine, and how he — perhaps unexpectedly — found so many fans willing to go along for the ride. That's an American success story worth celebrating.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Oct 25, 2013
    More than just a one-name star of pop culture’s alternative history, Divine’s story — terrorized by bullies, embraced by the outré, where he finds a home — stands for “all the outsiders,” as Waters says (between hilarious anecdotes).
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Oct 24, 2013
    I Am Divine doesn’t dwell on Milstead’s growing pains. It is an aggressively upbeat show-business success story that focuses on his self-reinvention.
  4. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Dec 28, 2013
    A serious documentary about this gloriously trashy trailblazer.
  5. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Oct 25, 2013
    Jeffrey Schwarz’s documentary is a fine, touching tribute to John Waters’ larger-than-life drag diva, Divine.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Oct 31, 2013
    On the evidence of the documentary I Am Divine, to know the drag star Divine was to love him.
  7. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Oct 22, 2013
    A worthy documentary tribute to the drag queen icon.
  8. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Oct 14, 2013
    An enjoyably naughty trip through Divine's career that happily makes time to introduce us to Glenn Milstead, the sweet kid and fledgling hairdresser who transformed himself so daringly.
  9. Reviewed by: Eric Henderson
    Oct 22, 2013
    Though it may boil down to your average procession-of-talking-heads template, it's still enlivened by the raucous words from the band of outsiders who supported and launched Divine into the limelight.
  10. Reviewed by: Ethan LaCroix
    Oct 22, 2013
    I Am Divine shows how the future John Waters muse transformed from an isolated, weird kid into an over-the-top, proudly freakish star who influenced everything from the aesthetics of first-wave punk to the performance style of today’s drag queens.
  11. Reviewed by: Steve Davis
    Oct 23, 2013
    It feels like a veiled apology for Babs Johnson and other exercises in bad taste. In my book, the filthiest person alive will always win the prize.

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