Pink Flamingos
Pink Flamingos (1972)

Renegade filmmaker and noted aficionado of expressive bad taste John Waters exploded into international infamy with this darkly comic, no-budget parade of the perverse (his third feature film, and first in color), in which plus-size… More

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Rated: NC-17
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: March 17, 1972
DVD Release Date: June 14, 2005
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

Waters works best with some restrictions on his license. He's much better as a subversive than he is an anarchist.

Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

It will take patience and a strong stomach to sit through, to 'take,' the whole.

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Beth Accomando

But what made Waters unique was the joyous quality of his work, the wicked delight he took in trashy obscenity.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I am not giving a star rating to Pink Flamingos, because stars simply seem not to apply. It should be considered not as a film but as a fact, or perhaps as an object.

Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] "Pink Flamingos" remains to this day the most cogently transgressive and anarchic film ever made.

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Emanuel Levy

This bad-taste comedy put John Waters on the map as the propeht of low budget, trashy but signficant indie films

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Greg Klymkiw
Electric Sheep

Seeing this movie seemed like having a dream of home, and the world of the movie made me feel like I'd found my true home.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Waters demonstrates visual talent and entertains

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Phil Hall

What was considered shocking in the 1970s seems benign today.

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An outrageous and repellent exercise in bad taste whose only infantile objective is to leave you disgusted as if eating dog shit yourself. It isn't funny,… More
Lucas Martins
A disgusting, surrealist, scary, sick, breathtaking, infamous and terrible funny. An anarchist /subversive cinema work. An unique film, that you need to have… More
Greg S
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Sophie Burgess
I'm trying very hard to find something to say without being completely rude. Just why? Filmmakers, why on earth did you think this was a good idea?… More
Alex roy
John Waters most famous film, Pink Flamingos is an awful piece of crap that is just poorly constructed with a poorly thought plot, which really doesn't… More
Conner Rainwater
Sometimes John Waters is a little too obvious for his own good and this is one of those cases. I typically either love or hate his stuff. I like what he was… More