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I Am Divine (2013)

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Critic Consensus: With warmth and affection, I Am Divine offers an engaging portrait of the complex personality behind a trailblazing cinematic figure.

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Young, chubby Harris Glenn Milstead liked musicals, was drawn to feminine pursuits, and was bullied. He was privately playing "dress-up games" in his mother's clothes. By 1963, Glenn was brave enough to show up at a party with his then girlfriend dressed as an astonishingly passable Elizabeth Taylor, among the many glamorous stars he openly idolized. (c) Official Site

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Critic Reviews for I Am Divine

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (25)

After seeing the film premiere at SXSW, I asked a Divine-devotee friend of mine why she loves Divine so much. She simply said, "Because Divine's the original." If it wasn't already obvious, Schwartz's I Am Divine cements it.

January 14, 2021 | Full Review…

It's surprisingly moving stuff - dressed up with just enough archival outrage to remind you how scandalous Divine once seemed.

July 20, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The interviewees and even his mother, with whom he was reconciled late in his life, all portray him as a generous and very sweet-natured man.

July 18, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This is, for the most part, a celebration of Divine's life unencumbered by guilt or oppression.

July 18, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Schwarz offsets the camp with a sincere appreciation of both the obvious, larger-than-life personality and this performer's oft-overlooked skills ...

July 17, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Touching and funny. Waters fans should sign up now.

July 17, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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This is an efficient and enjoyable documentary about the life and career of John Waters' muse of filth, even though it feels excessively reverential and has a structure that is a bit too conventional - which seems pretty ironic, considering the unconventional subject in question.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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A thorough and compassionate exploration of an enigmatic yet wonderfully eccentric individual, I Am Divine has plenty to say about identity, fame, and self-respect.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

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The life of Glen Milstead, from a chunky effeminate nerd who got beat up at school to the iconic, outrageous and obscene 300 lb drag queen Divine, the main attraction in John Waters' transgressive early comedies. The reverential interviews and clips meet, but don't exceed, your expectations for a documentary about Divine.

Greg S
Greg S

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