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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 tear drives all the girls wild - especially Allison Vernon Williams (Amy Locane), a rich, beautiful "square" who finds herself uncontrollably drawn to the dreamy juvenile delinquent and his forbidden world of rockabilly music, fast cars and faster women. It's the hysterical high-throttle world of 1954 in director John Waters' outrageous… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"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."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Showcases the very best of Waters's sense of humor and enthusiasm for details, crafting a loving parody of already goofy efforts."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"The film is high on energy, color and camera movement and, as usual in Waters's world, everything is styled within an inch of its life, capturing all the fun and fever of the 1950s."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Great campy fun. How many tears will Johnny shed?"
‑ Cole Smithey,
"John Waters' mischievous satire of the teen exploitation genre is entertaining as a rude joyride through another era, full of great clothes and hairdos."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Campy '50s parody has mild sex references, violence."
‑ Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
"Cheerfully camp, terrifically enjoyable teen parody that ranks among Waters' best moments. Oh, and world -- meet Johnny Depp!"
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"Pink Flamingos fans will find Cry-Baby decidedly tame, but it's one of my favorites."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Waters' finest film to date, a worthy successor to Hairspray which exudes teen angst and young lust from every pore."
‑ , Time Out
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Johnny Depp is extremely well cast in John Waters' sweet-natured fable about rebellious youth"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It's a satire that functions the same way the stuff it's satirizing does."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Waters is just as offbeat as any of his film characters- and he surrounds himself with creative people who wouldn't at all be out of place in a John Waters movie."
‑ Sarah Chauncey,
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