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  • Summary: A Baltimore sandwich shop employee becomes an overnight sensation when photographs he's taken of his weird family become the latest rage in the art world.  (Warner Home Video)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. Waters builds to a didactic message that he underlines with Disney-esque dream dust (in various colors), as if to protect his sincerity with the disclaimer of self-mockery.
  2. Frequently funny, just as frequently repulsive, it's filmed in Waters's trademark deadpan style that some adore and some loathe.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Marks
    80
    Waters gets uniformly bright performances from the large cast -- especially Christina Ricci as Pecker's girlfriend and Mary Kay Place as his mother -- and he succeeds in composing yet another twisted love letter to his home town.
  4. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    70
    Pecker is a breezy, agreeable picture--a charmer, thumbs-up, three stars--but there's something disappointing about a John Waters film that's so evenhanded and all-embracing, even if its sunniness is "ironic."
  5. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    60
    His unique vision as a committed artist and unrepentantly crude joker makes this sweet, disarming, intelligent fun.
  6. 50
    The content is actually pretty bland -- it's not incisive, it's not daring, it's not uproarious, and it's not very good.
  7. It's a turning-the-tables story a five-year-old could appreciate -- except for the confusing crowd scenes and haphazard camera work. Technically speaking, Waters' skills haven't improved much over the years.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jul 11, 2014
    9
    Pecker is a fascinating drama with Ed Furlong from Terminator 2 and Christina Ricci from Sleepy Hollow.
    The movie revolves around a young guy
    Pecker is a fascinating drama with Ed Furlong from Terminator 2 and Christina Ricci from Sleepy Hollow.
    The movie revolves around a young guy who is a photographer and his girlfriend who works in the
    local laundromat in Batimore. His local photographs become very popular with outsiders. He has
    to choose between his regular life or a life of notoriety and wealth.
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  2. PinkMulroneycakes
    Jan 26, 2006
    7
    It's John Waters. You already know whether you want to see it. As Waters' films go, eh, it's a pretty good one. It's It's John Waters. You already know whether you want to see it. As Waters' films go, eh, it's a pretty good one. It's probably the last one he's made that's easy to digest - ie not loud and obnoxious like Cecil B. DeMented and not an extended pantomimic injoke like A Dirty Shame. Gotta respect Waters, but be selective. Oh my god, they're remaking Hairspray. Review over, more calls to make. Expand
  3. SteveM.
    Apr 6, 2008
    7
    I don't know why everyone's saying it's gross or bothersome. There is really nothing gross about the movie. If I hadn't I don't know why everyone's saying it's gross or bothersome. There is really nothing gross about the movie. If I hadn't seen that he directed it from the credits I would have never known. If you want to see a gross Waters film check out Pink Flamingos. That's a goodie. Pecker was alright, pretty entertaining. Expand

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