Cecil B. Demented
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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 movie begins, the title character and his "Sprocket Holes" gang kidnap Honey Whitlock, a beloved Hollywood movie star visiting Baltimore for the premiere of her latest blockbuster. Once Whitlock is their prisoner, DeMented and his horny, tattooed crew immediately go into production on Raving Beauty, the ultimate underground movie in which Whitlock… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Barely coherent mishmash."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Leave it to Waters to find a proper use for Mrs. Johnson-Banderas, whose natural, annoying shrillness is perfect."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.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."
‑ Mark Bourne, DVDJournal.com
"Waters may have a budget ($9 million) and real Hollywood stars now, but he's still giving the finger to everything decent with his new film"
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"See it for "Cherish Oh Lordy" Waters' best character in years. She gets the movie's two most offensive and funniest scenes."
‑ Nathaniel Rogers, Film Experience
"The movie has a radical premise ... but pitches it at the level of a very bad sketch on Saturday Night Live."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"As always, Waters works with an unmistakable affection for even his grubbiest characters."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.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"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Of the John Waters films I've seen (and I'll admit my knowledge of his films is limited), I'd say it's the best premise with the poorest execution."
‑ Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com
"[John] Waters skewers every aspect of mainstream Hollywood, using the truly demented Demented... as a proxy howl of rage."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"Waters satire of the film buff and the film industry is warranted and criminally under-appreciated..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Takes a potentially fun concept and basically goes nowhere with it."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Mildly scabrous."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"rather than escalate to new heights of lunacy, the movie begins repeating itself and, after about an hour, wearing out its welcome."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"There is so little difference between DeMented's point of view and Waters' that one has to wonder what the point was in creating a fictional character."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
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