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  • Release Date: Oct 25, 2013
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Chris Kaltenbach
    Oct 28, 2013
    88
    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: Patrick Peters
    Jul 14, 2014
    80
    Touching and funny. Waters fans should sign up now.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Oct 25, 2013
    80
    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).
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Oct 24, 2013
    80
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Dec 28, 2013
    75
    A serious documentary about this gloriously trashy trailblazer.
  6. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Oct 25, 2013
    75
    Jeffrey Schwarz’s documentary is a fine, touching tribute to John Waters’ larger-than-life drag diva, Divine.
  7. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Oct 31, 2013
    70
    On the evidence of the documentary I Am Divine, to know the drag star Divine was to love him.
  8. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Oct 22, 2013
    70
    A worthy documentary tribute to the drag queen icon.
  9. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Oct 14, 2013
    70
    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.
  10. Reviewed by: Eric Henderson
    Oct 22, 2013
    63
    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.
  11. Reviewed by: Ethan LaCroix
    Oct 22, 2013
    60
    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.
  12. Reviewed by: Steve Davis
    Oct 23, 2013
    50
    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.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jul 26, 2014
    6
    A veritable feast for Divine fans. Others will be fairly interested in this fairly straightforward documentary about his life, films and musical career, but will possibly not end up as converts to his particular style of entertainment. His films were certainly not to my taste, generally, even though they became more commercially refined and less vulgar as time went by. The talking heads predictably spew forth superlatives and the enduring impression is of a like able, outrageous albeit somewhat insecure wreck of a man. Full Review »