Desperate Living (Edited Version)
Desperate Living (Edited Version) (1977)

A recently released mental patient (Mink Stole) conspires with the maid (Jean Hill) to murder her husband, and then both escape to the equally demented village of Mortville for more murderous adventures involving transsexuality,… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: April 1, 2003
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Critic Score
70%
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81%



Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Even John Waters himself was not entirely pleased with his weird tale of mad housewives and eccentric lesbians in revolt, but the performances are good.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

even by Waters' own admission, it is too grim and unsavory

Bill Gibron
DVD Verdict

Desperate Living [is] a movie that feels like three separate films fused together. The first and the second are fantastic.

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

Nonsense.

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Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide

Not for the weak of heart or stomach, this one is worth a look for truly brave movie fans. People with delicate constitutions shouldn't even get close.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Cassandra Maples
Possibly more depraved than "Pink Flamingos", if that's possible, "Desperate Living" is a paradox for the senses. Although tasteless… More
Sylvester Kuo
It's dirty, it's funny, it's sick, it's hilarious. The storytelling is interesting, it's a whole lot of weird ideas combined, and yet… More
Stephen M
An adult fairy tale in which the evil queen of a shanty-town called Mortville is overthrown by a bunch of lesbians. Some of this is hilarious but, on the whole,… More
Henrik Schunk
I am not a fan of John Water. I fact, I do not think he is a good filmmaker. People claim that his movies are ironic but I think that is just the way people… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
A trashy sleazy fairy-tale - done the John Waters way. A bored housewife and her obese maid escape to a fantasy shanty-Kingdom, ruled by a kinky old Queen and… More
Quinto Wallight
Probably one of the most forgotten Waters films just so happens to be my favorite. The whole 'fairy tale' feel of it all makes it a hilarious contrast… More