Cecil B. Demented
Cecil B. Demented (2000)

Cecil B. DeMented goes behind the scenes with a group of obsessed cinema terrorists whose goal in life is to avenge the crass sins of commercial movie culture through acts of brazen filmmaking and vigilante outlaw cinema retribution. As the… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: August 11, 2000
DVD Release Date: January 23, 2001
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The idea behind John Waters' latest has much potential, but the movie ends up being too sloppy and underdeveloped in terms of script and direction. Also, by today's standards, it fails to shock.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Waters' outlaw analyses of pop culture, always a crucial part of his films, have now started to consume them.

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Robert Horton

A small, scruffy, but agreeably energized comedy.

Stuart Klawans
The Nation

Does this picture leap off the screen, or what? Yes, it leaps -- thanks to Melanie Griffith's eager participation in this act of revenge, Stephen Dorff's unbuttoned nuttiness...and Waters's knowing, caring intelligence about movie culture and its decline.

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Paul Tatara

The problem with John Waters making a movie about the sorry state of commercial cinema is that his output is only a little more useful than what he's satirizing.

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

The film can't sustain its initial high attack, and ends up seeming a bit of a fizzle, mischievous rather than genuinely wild.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Waters satire of the film buff and the film industry is warranted and criminally under-appreciated...

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A losing battle.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie has a radical premise ... but pitches it at the level of a very bad sketch on Saturday Night Live.

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Michael Dequina

Leave it to Waters to find a proper use for Mrs. Johnson-Banderas, whose natural, annoying shrillness is perfect.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
At first, it seems like John Waters wants to make an audacious hate letter to mainstream cinema with some nice moments of brilliance, but then you realize his… More
Steve B.
I'll say it: I'm not a big John Waters fan. But I didn't hate this.
Robert C
Full Of GRACE!
Daniel Hetteix
Among the better of the over-the-top films that satisfies pubescent angst in the middle-school years of a teenagers life. Sadly, it doesn't amount to much… More
_kelly .King
De-ment-ed For-ev-er!!! I have no clue why people think this is not as good as Waters' other work. So vastly under-rated, waaaay better than Sunset… More
Leigh Ryan
Very odd... just like all of Waters' films