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A Dirty Shame

Rated NC-17 for pervasive sexual content.

NC-17 In Theaters 09/24/2004 , 88min.
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September 29, 2009
John Waters can do no wrong! Baltimore is the perfect setting for a movie!

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San Francisco Chronicle
Squanders its comic capital on redundant bits about her perplexed family and secret society of fellow sex addicts. Full Review
Dana Stevens
The New York Times
I object to A Dirty Shame not because it is offensive - to do so would be another way of congratulating Mr. Waters for his bogus daring - but because it is boring. Beyond offering a catalog of interesting practices and lampooning their dedicated practitioners, the movie has very little to say about sex. Full Review
David Rooney
Frequently hilarious but ultimately is a protracted one-joke affair that strays into undisciplined chaos. Full Review
James Berardinelli
Tracey Ullman is a bright spot in an otherwise sordid, murky production. Full Review
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
This raucously gritty and high-spirited film could scarcely be bluer in terms of the language, but from Waters it comes as a gust of fresh air. Full Review

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