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"I'm gonna dance," Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkley) insists in the opening scene of Showgirls, and dance she does. In this quasi-update of All About Eve, Nomi is a drifter whose sole ambition is to headline the "Goddess" topless dance show at the Stardust in Las Vegas. Of course, even Nomi must pay her dues, and she does so at the Cheetah, grinding poles and lap dancing her way to a future. Fortunately, her roommate, Molly, works at the Stardust and invites Nomi to see the show, where she meets Crystal Conners (Gina Gershon, in the Bette Davis role), with whom she… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Showgirls... is one of those delirious, hilarious botches that could be taught in film schools as a How Not To."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"The script -- a generic blend mixing the soap of All About Eve with the suds of Valley of the Dolls -- is replete with the clunkiest dialogue this side of Peyton Place."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"...a bad film, borderline inept, with an anti-erotic toxic charge about it. It deserved all the mean things people said about it."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"The film emerges as a plastic, awkward mess without a hint of eroticism or genuine sexuality (not unlike Jerry Bruckheimer's Coyote Ugly)."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It's great that a critically and publicly lambasted movie gets a special edition [DVD] that gets it."
‑ Fred Topel,
"Berkley's acting début is a joy, if you can call it acting: she jumps up and down a lot to indicate excitement."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"A film of thunderous oafishness that gives adult subject matter the kind of bad name it does not need or deserve."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"A bore with nothing much to say about anything and for that matter not much to look at."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Showgirls is one of the most honest satires of recent years."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"One thing I'll say for Showgirls, it's educational. But sadly, it isn't much else."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Intelligently made by a smart director in full command of his powers."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Even the grossest porn is more cheerfully sexual than this movie."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"So bad, it's fun."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
"...despite its rampant sexual material, it is not a sexy film. Dang, this thing couldn't get anything right."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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