Cecil B. Demented Synopsis
A renegade filmmaker (Stephen Dorff) kidnaps a pampered star (Melanie Griffith) .
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88

San Francisco Examiner

By Wesley Morris
The shenanigans have been pared into 84 minutes of transgressive, potty-minded farce, that is often Waters at his most cheerful and most...
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80

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
DeMented is Waters the way we like him--spiked with laughs and served with a twist.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The comedy is frantic and tasteless in the usual Waters mode, but it takes telling potshots at the Hollywood establishment, which isn't...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
It's an audacious little comedy with bursts of hilarity and a certain giddy energy.
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63

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
It's the cinematic equivalent of one of those prop guns where you pull the trigger and a little flag comes out of the barrel, waving gaily.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Has a few viciously funny moments.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Not so much a movie as a self-contained world for like-minded people who wear their outsider status on their sleeves.
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50

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
Where once Waters was brilliantly polluted, now he comes off diluted.
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38

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Maybe Waters set out to prove Karl Marx's observation that all great events happen twice, first as tragedy and the second time as farce.
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8

Mr. Showbiz

By Michael Atkinson
Appears to have been written and directed by a grade-school dropout snorting airplane glue.
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Rated R | For language, violence, sexual content and drug use