A Dirty Shame
A Dirty Shame (2004)

Lust is in the air on Harford Road and Sylvia Stickles, a grumpy, repressed middle-aged Baltimorean, doesn't like it. Though Sylvia's handsome husband Vaughn still has marital urges, his wife could not be less interested -- she has… More

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Rated: NC-17
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: September 24, 2004
DVD Release Date: June 14, 2005
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
James Berardinelli

The story is trite and uninteresting. And the humor is only occasionally funny, and that's largely because it's almost impossible not to be impressed by Tracey Ullman's manic energy.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

[Waters] hasn't let slick technique take over as has Hollywood, and he retains his radical sensibility and his willingness to go where others haven't.

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Rob Gonsalves

Waters has made a resolutely unsexy sex comedy, but he hasn't left out the comedy.

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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Makes sex seem the least exciting thing in the world. And that's a dirty shame, indeed.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Ray-Ray says it best: 'It's like Noah's Ark around here; there's one of every perversion. Alas, it's all been done.'

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Douglas Pratt
Movie City News

On the one hand it depicts what the world might be like if women had the same constancy of sexual desire that men have, but on the other hand, it has the intelligence level of a teenage boy's dirty joke.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

... you can have an open mind and hate this movie because I good well hated this movie.

Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Finds Waters basking in the wildness of such fun, but the film is also a retreat from his more sophisticated causticity of late. On one hand, it's a victory; on the other, it disappoints.

Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

No shame here.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Mediocre comedy with a few laughs strewn throughout, A Dirty Shame directed by Pink Flamingos director John Waters should have been much better considering its… More
Spencer S.
The film as a whole has all the uninteresting raunch you'd expect with a John Waters film, but the mere fact that this isn't a shell shocked nation,… More
Lucas Martins
Waters try to make this film a extremely funny and dirty. The thing is: he transform A Dirty Shame in a very silly movie. However, still commit some laughs.
_kelly .King
As part of my movies with sexual themes series, I am reviewing/watching all of John Waters' work. This is the one that got an NC-17 after the MPAA review… More
Michael Gildea
A Dirty Shame is the perfect title for this movie. Its got all the random, demented, kitschy and riotous humor that most John Waters movies have. I won't… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
John Waters' absurd plot of characters being hit on the head and losing their sexual inhibitions so they'll act out their deepest desires -- which was… More