If the film proves anything, it's that people don't shock as easily as they did in Waters' heyday.
Gene Seymour, Newsday
If your sensibilities can tolerate its more scatological digressions, This Filthy World, filmed over two nights at Manhattan's Harry De Jur Playhouse, can be one of the coziest and most charming means of investing 90-plus minutes of your life.
Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
Mr. Waters, who has been honing this material for years, is as comfortable and effortless as any monologist you're likely to see.
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
Tossing off one-liners about drugs and porn to a New York audience, even Waters sounds a little bored.
Karen Wilson, Village Voice
In a town full of delightful misfits, Waters may be Baltimore's sanest citizen.
John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
Icon of bad taste John Waters plays kindly uncle to tomorrow's delinquents in funny one-man show.
Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
Works well enough as a record for those of us who in all likelihood won't ever make it to see him chat in person.
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
It's definitely a great monologue, but a mediocre film.
Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
This Filthy World, recorded over two nights at New York City's Harry De Jur Playhouse, is revealing, allowing the filmmaker to illuminate the evolution of his illustriously dirty career.
Chad Greene, Boxoffice Magazine
Johns Waters walks into This Filthy World through the door of a confessional -- an altogether fitting entrance for the filmmaker the late William S. Burroughs anointed the 'Pope of Trash.'
David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
...even the filmmaker's detractors will likely walk away satisfied.
Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
Even though I've heard quite of bit of his show before, I still enjoyed it.
Unlike the synopsis says, this isn't a doc on Waters, it's Waters live doing some stand-up with some reflection on his movies, inspiration, actors, incidents with censors, hobbies, and just suggesting some things that everyone should be doing, like instead of expensive… More Unlike the synopsis says, this isn't a doc on Waters, it's Waters live doing some stand-up with some reflection on his movies, inspiration, actors, incidents with censors, hobbies, and just suggesting some things that everyone should be doing, like instead of expensive lobbying, just send some drag queens to a politician's house to make snappy remarks about the wife's fashion sense, or making the Army all-volunteer lesbian because "they'd find Osama Bin-Laden". Waters also has some great anecdotes, like how Divine crawled around in pig shit on an early shoot, how a fan whipped out a fresh bloodied tampon for Waters to sign at a book signing, when Polyester came out, his delight at every film-goer globe-wide interested in sniffing the fart smell on the Odor-Rama cards, and when he screened "Pink Flamingos" for a special group of his pupils (a prison class of convicted murderers) they all responded with "you are seriously fucked up man!".
If you like Waters (esp in interviews or chatting about film-stuff) then you must see this.
[font=Century Gothic]I'm a fan of John Waters' films but I have never seen any of his underground movies which just shows I can be a bit of a wimp at times.(And I also have never gotten around to seeing the original "Hairspray.") "This Filthy World" is… More [font=Century Gothic]I'm a fan of John Waters' films but I have never seen any of his underground movies which just shows I can be a bit of a wimp at times.(And I also have never gotten around to seeing the original "Hairspray.") "This Filthy World" is an entertaining and witty movie that is simply a recent talk given by Waters in New York City where he gives a running commentary on his long and controversial career making movies, starting out with influences and being ignorant about filmmaking when he made his first film. Not needing film school in order to direct a movie is one of many lessons he deals out to the crowd, along with how to be subversive.(And it is sad that even with his modestly budgeted movies, he still needs to find a star in order to get financing.) Along with that, Waters expresses positive opinions on subways, reading, subtitles and watching movies in theatres while condemning "Forrest Gump."(Which I don't think is watchable.) He also offers up additional proof that Johnny Depp is one of the two coolest people on the planet. Even though Waters is obviously sex-positive, he does have his share of limits. I also have my share of limits and would never have a director's name tattooed on myself.(Not keen on tattoos for myself, thank you.) Anyway, it would be difficult to choose: Almodovar? Greengrass? Winterbottom? [/font]
As much as I love the films of John Waters, I love even more hearing the man talk, especially when it's about funny anecdotes he shared with his friends and main cast players. The man is full of wisdom and humor.
It's always great listening to John Waters, whether it be on a commentary track or an interview. This film is no different. Waters is always engaging and Garlin really never interferes with the show. Good stuff.