Cry-Baby (1990)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 6, 1990
DVD Release Date: July 12, 2005
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: John Waters' musical ode to the teen rebel genre is infectious and gleefully camp, providing star Johnny Depp with the perfect vehicle in which to lampoon his pin-up image.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

For a while the actors seem intimidated by the '50s references, but the film eventually develops a musical energy that carries the day.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

The wizard of odd still runs amok.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

The nostalgic delights in Waters's reform school drool are often more subtle than his other period offering, Hairspray, but it's still a polished debunking of pop culture from the "Pope of Trash".

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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times

Cry-Baby is often sweet-spirited even when its crummy, but there's also something fetid in its foolery.

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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times

It all adds up to zany, wide-eyed, quintessential Waters havoc -- the "kinder, gentler" 1990s brand, perhaps. But the genuine article, nonetheless.

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Ron Wolfe
Tulsa World

It has a great score of obscure '50s rock and doo-wop. It has the candy-colored look of a '50s musical. What it doesn't have is a moment of anything that seems remotely real.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

If Cry-Baby has a message, it's that Cry-Baby and Allison deserve each other because they're young and they're beautiful, which certainly runs counter to Waters' affection for the grotesque, the bad and the ugly.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

I don't quite know how Waters did it (and I have absolutely no idea why he did it), but the fact that Cry-Baby is fun suggests that the filmmaker possesses an instinctive understanding of what made those Elvis pictures so successful in the first place.

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine

Waters's writing is woefully uneven. It's as if Sam Kinison had decided to tell knock-knock jokes -- sterile, unfunny knock-knock jokes at that.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
In John Waters' movies, everyone is a walking caricature and everything looks like a witless self-parody, and this is an irritating musical that sounds… More
Chris Weber
I really don't care for the film Grease, but I got a big kick out of this, which is a really silly, but tremendously fun satirical take on the… More
Greg S
Johnny Depp's first starring role is as a sensitive "drape" who falls in love with a "square" in this campy John Waters juvenile… More
Unknown Hobo
Gimmicky and cringe worthy through out, I still find it hard to knock this movie because that was clearly the way it was supposed to be. Bordering between… More
Manu Gino
Good girls want him bad. Bad girls want him worse. Cool musical movie! The movie at first to me seems a little boring but it gets better and better as it goes… More
MisterYoda ?
3 stars