Rolling Stone - 04/19/1990
"...It's tawdry celebrity on the rampage. Waters revels in it....The wizard of odd still runs amok..."
USA Today - 04/06/1990
"...Waters embellishes CRY-BABY's endless set-pieces with inimitable touches..."
New York Times - 04/06/1990
"...Vintage trivia [turns] into crazily overblown little triumphs..."
Entertainment Weekly - 07/15/2005
"[A] jailhouse-rockin' tribute to '50s juvie movies..."
Sight and Sound - 01/01/2006
"[I]ts charm derives from a palpable affection for the Elvis-era mores it's sending up."
Total Film - 09/01/2011 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is a triumphant retooling of Waters' trash aesthetic for the multiplex."
Cult director John Waters goes mainstream -- sort of -- in this send-up of 1950s teen melodramas. Heart-throb Johnny Depp stars in the title role as a glamorous delinquent who heads a gang of hoods known as the Drapes. Trouble starts when Cry-Baby falls for a squeaky clean blonde from a rival group, the Squares. Their star-crossed romance sets off a rumble between the warring factions and Cry-Baby ends up doing time in reform school. Chock-full of rock 'n roll and Waters' usual cavalcade of eccentric celebrities, including Patty Hearst, Iggy Pop and former porn star Traci Lords.
Wade is the coolest hood in his high school. His ability to shed a single tear drives all the girls wild, including the beautiful square Allison. Unable to resist, she soon finds herself drawn into his world of fast cars and Rockabilly music.
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Additional cast: Kim McGuire (Hatchet Face) and Darren E. Burrows (Milton).
Additional song performers: "King Cry Baby," "Doin' Time for Bein' Young," "Teardrops are Falling" and "High School Hell Cats" sung by James Intveld; "Sh-Boom" and "Mr. Sandman" sung by Baldwin/Whiffles; "Teenage Prayer" and Please Mr. Jailer" sung by Rachel Sweet; "Cry Baby" sung by the Honey Sisters; "Nosey Jive" sung by Bullmoose Jackson; "Bad Boy and Cherry" performed by the Jive Bombers; I'm So Young" sung by the Students; "Piddly Patter Patter" sung by Nappy Brown; "I'm a Bad Bad Girl" sung by Little Esther; and "Rubber Biscuit" performed by Chips.