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Much of what is depicted here is not for the easily shaken. If you associate "burlesque" exclusively with Natalie Wood's striptease scene in "Gypsy," take a step back.
While these lubricious entertainers are making political points by pulling American flags from unlikely locations, or dancing a beautiful dark ballet with a severed hand, they're mostly just interested in showing us a really good time.
As chirpily inspirational as an Oprah show, only with naked guests.
The performance footage is indeed eye-popping, though the greatest jolt comes from seeing these larger-than-life iconoclasts stripped of their makeup and armorlike personas.
Like burlesque itself, Exposed is at its best when it shows rather than tells.
The documentary's format is a little repetitive but the content is interesting and, at times, inspiring.
A quick, often touching documentary.
The film is sharply photographed and edited [...] but might've felt more immersive if [Beth] B had found a way to lend it some narrative horsepower.
Doc about practitioners of the "New Burlesque" salutes their admirable courage and staunch individuality, but their fully uncensored, fully unfettered exhibitionism may not be for the squeamish.
Beyond the forthright identity politics and titillating theatrical misdemeanors, one still comes away wondering about the things that remain concealed.
Positivity about alternative body images oozes from this goodheartedly explicit documentary in which articulate burlesque performers discuss the transformative power of transgressing the boundaries of gender, performance and taste.
It would be interesting to know what, if anything, Beth B wasn't allowed to film. Striptease is a game. You wind up hoping that the wounded Wood managed to keep something under wraps.
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