I Am Divine
I Am Divine (2013)

Young, chubby Harris Glenn Milstead liked musicals, was drawn to feminine pursuits, and was bullied. He was privately playing "dress-up games" in his mother's clothes. By 1963, Glenn was brave enough to show up at a party with… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 25, 2013
DVD Release Date: April 8, 2014
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With warmth and affection, I Am Divine offers an engaging portrait of the complex personality behind a trailblazing cinematic figure.

Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

A glimpse of a surprisingly shy and gentle soul who longed to be a star.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Filled with heady outrageousness at the same time it continuously skirts the apparent emptiness in the man wearing those crazy wigs.

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J Hurtado

This is the film that Divine deserves.

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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle

It's hard to go wrong with a movie about famed drag queen Divine, and director Jeffrey Schwarz certainly doesn't in "I Am Divine," a serious documentary about this gloriously trashy trailblazer.

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Los Angeles Times

Schwarz understands Divine, a heroine to outsiders, and Glenn, who took the persona as far as he could and was ready for new roles. His film's celebratory pizazz suits them both.

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Dominic Mill
We Got This Covered

A fascinating larger-than-life portrait of its larger-than-life subject, I Am Divine is a beguiling blend of poignancy, humor and glorious excess.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

In "I Am Divine," bolstered by plentiful interviews with Waters and other collaborators, Schwarz effectively turns Milstead into the life of a party that didn't really end with his death in 1988.

Peter Debruge

The Pink Flamingos star Divine gets her own well-deserved spotlight.

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Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)

It's surprisingly moving stuff - dressed up with just enough archival outrage to remind you how scandalous Divine once seemed.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
This is an efficient and enjoyable documentary about the life and career of John Waters' muse of filth, even though it feels excessively reverential and… More
Alex roy
Very good documentary on famed drag queen Divine, featuring well conducted interview with those who knew him and worked with him, this is an entertaining film,… More
Sam Barnett
A thorough and compassionate exploration of an enigmatic yet wonderfully eccentric individual, I Am Divine has plenty to say about identity, fame, and… More
Christian C
A great documentary about a fascinating and outrageous subculture. Won Best Documentary at Q- Fest Long Beach 2013. Interviews with everyone you could… More
Greg S
The life of Glen Milstead, from a chunky effeminate nerd who got beat up at school to the iconic, outrageous and obscene 300 lb drag queen Divine, the main… More
John Ballantine
I had not seen Divine outside of Hairspray but this documentary was a good introduction to a true original Harris Milstead had an entire career on the edges of… More