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Based on 12 Reviews
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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    A serious documentary about this gloriously trashy trailblazer. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    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). show more

  • 70
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 88
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    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. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Jeffrey Schwarz’s documentary is a fine, touching tribute to John Waters’ larger-than-life drag diva, Divine. show more

  • 63
    Slant Magazine

    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. show more

  • 80
    Patrick Peters Empire

    Touching and funny. Waters fans should sign up now. show more

  • 60
    Time Out New York

    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. show more

  • 50
    Steve Davis Austin Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 80
    Stephen Holden 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. show more

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