• NC-17, 2 hr. 11 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Paul Verhoeven
    In Theaters:
    Sep 22, 1995 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 25, 2000
  • MGM Home Entertainment

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Showgirls Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...a bad film, borderline inept, with an anti-erotic toxic charge about it. It deserved all the mean things people said about it.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 75/100

July 10, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A waste of a perfectly good NC-17 rating.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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One of the worst films of the year.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 0.5/4

January 1, 2000
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

| Original Score: 1/5

September 9, 2002
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

Even the grossest porn is more cheerfully sexual than this movie.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 1/5

July 23, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The film emerges as a plastic, awkward mess without a hint of eroticism or genuine sexuality (not unlike Jerry Bruckheimer's Coyote Ugly).

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

May 26, 2006
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

Showgirls approximates the feeling of someone sleazy putting the make on you. Its brand of sexual harassment makes you feel dirty and not at all flattered.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 0/5

March 27, 2003
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...despite its rampant sexual material, it is not a sexy film. Dang, this thing couldn't get anything right.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 2/10

July 18, 2004
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A bore with nothing much to say about anything and for that matter not much to look at.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: D

August 19, 2004
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Beneath the Vegas glitz beats the heart of a cheap B-movie porno in Showgirls, a movie that truly is so bad it's funny.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 4/10

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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To take Showgirls that seriously (as either trash-art or appalling pornography) wouldn't be worth the exertion.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
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[The script] is as hoary as it is whore-y, whipping out every backstage cliche as he recycles his Flashdance plot into Trashdance.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Think of Flashdance but with an unappealing leading lady playing a woman whose fierce ambition is to do something not admirable, just ridiculous.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 0/5

October 17, 2003
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

Not only is this movie really dumb, but it's barely sexy, and not even close to explicit.

Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus | Original Score: D

January 1, 2000
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Full Review | Original Score: 3/10

September 30, 2002
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

| Original Score: 0/5

April 15, 2004
Leonard Schwarz
Palo Alto Weekly

| Original Score: 2/4

May 20, 2003
Nicolas Lacroix
Showbizz.net

| Original Score: 0/5

November 12, 2002
Derek Adams
Time Out
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Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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May 20, 2003
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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