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3,008 Ratings


Directed by John Waters
United States, 1990
Comedy, Romance, Musical


Irresistible bad boy, ‘Cry-Baby’, posseses the ability to drive all the girls wild when he cries one single tear. Prim and proper schoolgirl, Allison, is mesmerised by the tear-shedding delinquent’s world of leather, rockabilly music and fast cars.

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Cry-Baby Directed by John Waters

Critics reviews

It’s a relatively tame entry in Waters’ canon. While it still relishes in its share of grotesqueries, Waters’ style has been refracted through the lens of a clean, presentable teen movie format. . . . Nonetheless, Cry-Baby is still worthy of analysis as it marks the beginning of the brief, bizarre period when the self-described King of Filth broke mainstream.
September 11, 2018
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The costumes by Van Smith and sets by Vincent Peranio (two key Dreamlanders) yield an otherworldly period aesthetic. Johnny Depp sneers and swaggers, brandishing his lithe beauty for the sake of Waters’ fervid melodrama. Following on the heels of Hairspray—but with Divine now tangibly absent—this is another utopian musical, its pop kitsch easing the enmity between these Baltimorean Capulets and Montagues.
May 27, 2017
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