Cecil B. Demented
Cecil B. Demented (2000)

Cecil B. DeMented goes behind the scenes with a group of obsessed cinema terrorists whose goal in life is to avenge the crass sins of commercial movie culture through acts of brazen filmmaking and vigilante outlaw cinema retribution. As the… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: January 23, 2001
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Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The idea behind John Waters' latest has much potential, but the movie ends up being too sloppy and underdeveloped in terms of script and direction. Also, by today's standards, it fails to shock.

J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Barely coherent mishmash.

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Leave it to Waters to find a proper use for Mrs. Johnson-Banderas, whose natural, annoying shrillness is perfect.

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Mark Bourne
DVDJournal.com

If you're under 25 and believe in your cute rebel-'til-I-die heart that indie cinema is inherently True ****ing Art that gives the finger to The Man in Hollywood, then Cecil B. Demented may be your masturbatory fantasy.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie has a radical premise ... but pitches it at the level of a very bad sketch on Saturday Night Live.

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Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

As always, Waters works with an unmistakable affection for even his grubbiest characters.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Waters' pointless and arguably weakest film is a satire of a Holllywood director that's so hermetic and contrived that it hardly has any reason to exist

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Waters satire of the film buff and the film industry is warranted and criminally under-appreciated...

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Takes a potentially fun concept and basically goes nowhere with it.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Mildly scabrous.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Robert C
Full Of GRACE!
Daniel Hetteix
Among the better of the over-the-top films that satisfies pubescent angst in the middle-school years of a teenagers life. Sadly, it doesn't amount to much… More
_kelly .King
De-ment-ed For-ev-er!!! I have no clue why people think this is not as good as Waters' other work. So vastly under-rated, waaaay better than Sunset… More
Leigh Ryan
Very odd... just like all of Waters' films
Steve B.
I'll say it: I'm not a big John Waters fan. But I didn't hate this.
Michael Gildea
Not Waters' best, but not his worst either.