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Dancing At The Blue Iguana (2000)

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Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 3

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The personal lives of five exotic dancers go under the microscope in this drama, the first American feature from director Michael Radford. Eddie (Robert Wisdom) is the manager of a strip club in suburban California known as the Blue Iguana, where he keeps an eye on the women who make their living dancing for his customers. Stormy (Sheila Kelley) is an attractive, thick-skinned woman who is getting old enough to realize her days as a dancer may be numbered. Jo (Jennifer Tilly) likes to think of

Dec 25, 2001

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All Critics (30) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (17) | DVD (13)

This, I suppose, is what happens when a director allows his actors to put together a movie -- it's sort of like letting the inmates run the asylum.

October 21, 2001 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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A predictable exercise in fake tawdriness and half-nude psychodrama.

October 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Mr. Showbiz
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More than anything, Dancing at the Blue Iguana is an acting showcase that allows its stars to strut their emotional range.

October 19, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Mostly this is a whole lot of chain-smoking and griping about men. You'd be better off renting Demi Moore's Striptease.

October 19, 2001
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Even if Dancing at the Blue Iguana can't rise to the level of the performances of Hannah, Oh and others, it is nonetheless engaging, not without humor and an aura of authenticity.

October 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Always a more interesting acting exercise than compelling drama.

January 4, 2002 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
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There's a lot of tepid exotic dancing as the girls' writhe and slither around the pole.

January 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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After a full hour of Iguana I was watching the DVD counter tick by in slow motion.

December 29, 2001 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Too often the uneven script is either hopelessly strained or tediously lackadaisical.

December 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The film's a mess, albeit a fascinating one.

October 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

The result is a very believable strip club, inhabited by cardboard-thin protagonists who come across as caricatures more than actual people.

October 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Citysearch
Citysearch

A beautifully downbeat view of the dancers and their coworkers' as they spiral lower and lower.

October 19, 2001 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Contains striking moments, but never coheres.

October 18, 2001 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Showgirls is, of course, the gold standard of the genre, so rigorously deranged it approached perfection. This one is the aluminum standard.

October 18, 2001 Full Review Source: IFilm
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The strippers each fit into nice clearly delineated archetypes (a function of most strippers' personas, but one you don't expect to be as well defined in their real lives).

October 18, 2001
New Times

Audience Reviews for Dancing At The Blue Iguana

great boobs... dont watch for story
October 4, 2009
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This film gives a very poignant, truthful, insightful, and artistic look into the world of exotic dancing. Great performances by a talented ensemble cast. Definitely worth a look or two.
September 16, 2006
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