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
DVD Release Date: March 21, 2017
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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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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Waters has a hard time figuring out where to point the camera in any given shot or how to keep his actors in focus, but he never loses sight, for even a moment, of his ultimate goal, which is to shock the world and crack himself up at the same time.

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Steve Rose

Only John Waters could stage a Charles Manson-style slaughter then think: "This could really do with a giant-lobster rape scene to spruce it up."

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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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Cole Smithey

"Multiple Maniacs" wallows in perversion for perversion's sake because that's what it's there for. You can fight the ideas, but you can't fight the feelings that John Waters puts out there because his respect for filth runs so deep.

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Jamie Graham
Total Film

Shot for $5,000, this '70s black-and-white curio was the "trainer wheels" for Waters' shockfest Pink Flamingos.

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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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Christopher Machell

Multiple Maniacs' grimy cinematography, bonkers performances and showstopping turn from regular collaborator Divine make this indispensable viewing for aficionados of the strange, the surreal and the downright depraved.

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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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Flixster Audience Score: 76% 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