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  • Summary: Harris Glenn Milstead, aka Divine, was the ultimate outsider turned underground hero. Divine succeeded in becoming an internationally recognized icon, recording artist, and character actor of stage and screen. Glenn went from the often-mocked, schoolyard fat kid to underdog royalty, standing up for millions of gay men and women, drag queens and punk rockers, and countless other socially ostracized misfits and freaks. With a completely committed in-your-face style, he blurred the line between performer and personality, and revolutionized pop culture. Expand
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  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: 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).
  3. Reviewed by: Patrick Peters
    Jul 14, 2014
    80
    Touching and funny. Waters fans should sign up now.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Oct 22, 2013
    70
    A worthy documentary tribute to the drag queen icon.
  7. 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.

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  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. Expand

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