Multiple Maniacs
Multiple Maniacs (1970)

John Waters' gloriously grotesque, unavailable-for-decades second feature comes to theaters at long last, replete with all manner of depravity, from robbery to murder to one of cinema's most memorably blasphemous moments. Made on a… More

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Rated: NC-17
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Release Date: April 10, 1970
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John Semley
Globe and Mail

For all its ostensible unpleasantness, Multiple Maniacs is cheapo, indie, queer American cinema at its most adversarial and thrillingly vicious.

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Calum Marsh
National Post

This being a film by John Waters no stunt is too outrageous and no idea is too grotesque, and whether you'll personally leave shocked or delighted is as always a case of your-milage-may-vary.

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Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

Waters's legendary second feature, made in 1970, is back to show popular culture what punk provocation really looks like.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

Is it some kind of lost masterpiece? No. It's merely an interesting milestone on the path to Mr. Waters's better-known works ...

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David Noh
Film Journal International

This genial, sometimes literally obscene mess is strictly recommended to hard-core John Waters fans.

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Clayton Dillard
Slant Magazine

John Waters interweaves his critique of noxious domesticity into the characters at the core of Multiple Maniacs.

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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club

For newbies, this is the ideal place to start. Just do your best to pretend you're seeing it somewhere that isn't directly adjacent to a Jamba Juice.

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Matt Prigge

Negligible budget and poor framing and crap in the film gate and shots that go in and out of focus and all, "Multiple Maniacs" is a helluva movie.

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Fernando F. Croce

Waters shoots the bravura blasphemy for shuddering passion and keeps upping the fervor

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Stephen M
I watched this a couple of months or so ago, decided to chew it over before reviewing and now I come to do so I can't remember a great deal about it, which… More
ken j
well this is one of john waters first movies he ever made and it shows made in black and white and what had to be on a very low budget this is also got to be… More
Sylvester Kuo
Not the greatest flick of Waters but it is one of the funniest, Divine stars as a ring mistress who operates a carnival that robs the patron, until she got… More
Patrick Dolan
Now this is somewhat of a low rating for a favourite, but even though I don't think the film is the greatest piece of cinema, it doesn't it can't… More
Quinto Wallight
The film is a little uneven, unsure of where to go exactly and how to get there, but, trust me, what a fun ride it is. The cast is in top shape as always, and… More