(2013)

Critic Reviews

70

Metascore

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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.
80
Touching and funny. Waters fans should sign up now.
80
The New York Times
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.
80
More than just a one-name star of pop culture#039;s alternative history, Divine#039;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).
75
Jeffrey Schwarz#039;s documentary is a fine, touching tribute to John Waters#039; larger-than-life drag diva, Divine.
75
A serious documentary about this gloriously trashy trailblazer.
70
A worthy documentary tribute to the drag queen icon.
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.
70
On the evidence of the documentary I Am Divine, to know the drag star Divine was to love him.
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.
60
Schwarz offsets the camp with a sincere appreciation of both the obvious, larger-than-life personality and this performer's oft-overlooked skills.
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#039;s drag queens.
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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