Cry-Baby (1990)

Eisenhower is President. Rock 'n' Roll is king. And Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker is the baddest hood in his high school. Johnny Depp heads up a supercool cast as the irresistible bad boy whose amazing ability to shed one single… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 12, 2005
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: John Waters' musical ode to the teen rebel genre is infectious and gleefully camp, providing star Johnny Depp with the perfect vehicle in which to lampoon his pin-up image.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Waters' hole card is Johnny Depp, the winsome tough from TV's 21 Jump Street, who radiates big- screen grace and swagger as Cry-Baby -- no easy trick, since he is guying his own image.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mr. Depp, who smolders naturally when he isn't trying so hard, acts this role about as well as Elvis would have; under the circumstances, that's fine.

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Brian Orndorf

Showcases the very best of Waters's sense of humor and enthusiasm for details, crafting a loving parody of already goofy efforts.

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Variety Staff

John Waters' mischievous satire of the teen exploitation genre is entertaining as a rude joyride through another era, full of great clothes and hairdos.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Basically the filmmaker reminds us of his affection for social misfits, but without much conviction. He's simply too hip to commit himself to his beliefs, and a relentless frivolity prevails.

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Campy '50s parody has mild sex references, violence.

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Time Out

Waters' finest film to date, a worthy successor to Hairspray which exudes teen angst and young lust from every pore.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

If there is one constant in recent social history, it is that we feel nostalgia for yesterday's teenage badness even while we fear today's.

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Emanuel Levy

Johnny Depp is extremely well cast in John Waters' sweet-natured fable about rebellious youth

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
Johnny Depp's first starring role is as a sensitive "drape" who falls in love with a "square" in this campy John Waters juvenile… More
Unknown Hobo
Gimmicky and cringe worthy through out, I still find it hard to knock this movie because that was clearly the way it was supposed to be. Bordering between… More
Manu Gino
Good girls want him bad. Bad girls want him worse. Cool musical movie! The movie at first to me seems a little boring but it gets better and better as it goes… More
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3 stars
Chris Weber
I really don't care for the film Grease, but I got a big kick out of this, which is a really silly, but tremendously fun satirical take on the… More
Jennifer D
The WEIRDEST thing about watching this film was seeing Johnny Depp so young and so... well... natural. Think of Pirates, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,… More

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