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Based on 19 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    What's completely baffling is that everyone in the film thinks Nomi is one heck of a dancer, even though her one move -- throwing her arms out stiffly -- is straight out of "Dr. Strangelove." show more

  • 63
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    Who knew such a seamy swim in the misogynistic swill of life could be so entertaining? show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    If the plot and screenplay are juvenile, the production values are first-rate, and the lead performance by newcomer Elizabeth Berkley has a fierce energy that's always interesting. show more

  • 50
    Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune

    The film's big lap-dance sequence is impressive, however, if only for the sheer athleticism of Elizabeth Berkley's contortion. Later, when she pulls the same stunt in a swimming pool, we recognize the show for what it is--a male fantasy film in which the women are little more than rag dolls. [22 Sept 1995] show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    In its depiction of the Las Vegas nightclub scene and in its own cinematic strategies, the film is quite instructive about the intersection of sex, money, and entertainment in some areas of popular American culture. [29 Sept 1995] show more

  • 12
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    This film is like a shiny, red apple that's rotten to the core -- despite slick direction and a glossy sheen, it reeks of decay. Showgirls isn't a good drama, a good thriller, or even good pornography. show more

  • NA
    San Francisco Examiner

    That Berkley cannot act is indisputable. But her dancing looks like a seizure. show more

  • NA
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    There's nothing even mildly intriguing, or remotely galvanizing, about Showgirls. show more

  • 30
    TV Guide

    After an onslaught of prerelease hype promising the erotic experience of a lifetime, Showgirls reveals itself as a 131-minute dose of cinematic saltpeter. show more

  • NA
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    The story is so shabbily built that it can make no valid claim to motives other than the filmmakers' mercenary desires to cash in on the public's prurient interests. And even on this bottom-feeder level, Showgirls fails to deliver the goods. show more

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