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Based on Carl Hiaasen's satirical novel, Striptease tells the story of Erin (Demi Moore), who has just gotten a divorce from Darrell (Robert Patrick), the sleazy ex-con she foolishly married. However, the judge's memories of Darrell's days as a football hero win him custody of their daughter, and Erin, concerned for her child's safety, is determined to fight the decision. Erin has just lost her position as a secretary for the FBI, so, to cover her legal bills, she takes a job as an exotic dancer at a strip club called the Eager Beaver. While she has no experience taking off her… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 12%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Yet another case of the star's salary being much more interesting, and exuberantly vulgar, than anything the screen reveals."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Bergman, who made The Freshman and Honeymoon in Vegas, provides quotable one-liners for everyone (especially Rhames), and a bevy of strippers lend colorful albeit stereotypically ditzy support."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Striptease is not a disaster like that other expensive ecdysiast extravaganza, Showgirls, though if it were, it might at least have some redeeming camp awfulness to enliven its otherwise dull mediocrity."
‑ Gary Susman, Boston Phoenix
"Striptease is an amiable comedy with ambitions to be a satire, but its thriller plot keeps getting in the way of the yucks."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"Moore, the most overrated star since Comet Kohoutek, is dreadful, dreadful in this thoroughly disappointing film version of Carl Hiaasen's hilarious novel."
‑ Rod Dreher, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"The Striptease script... is at a loss for any kind of drama between Moore's dances. Not for a second do we care about her as a mother, wife or working woman."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Men will doubtless be lured to Striptease by Moore's beautifully sculpted body. But it's the heart she puts into Erin that gives this more erratic than erotic picture the centering presence it needs."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"For all its matter-of-fact nudity and wealth of silicon-heavy exotic dancers, the film lacks any palpable sense of eroticism."
‑ Dennis King, Tulsa World
"Andrew Bergman's direction makes it watchable, but his screenplay pulls its punches on the sleaze, and tear-jerking sentimentality and inadequate humour don't combine well with the drama."
‑ Robin Karney, Radio Times
"Moore doesn't realize that she's supposed to be making a dark comedy; instead, she seems to be auditioning for the role of Mrs. Cleaver."
‑ Dan Webster, Spokesman-Review (Washington)
"The film's premise is thinner than the heroine's G-string."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"If you get stuck at Striptease, my advice is to relax and try to enjoy its occasional pleasures."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Although the movie is a bit too long, oddball humor and a likable cast keep it entertaining."
‑ Chris Kridler, Baltimore Sun
"Kinda made me homesick for Showgirls."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Andrew Bergman's comedy is aggressively vulgar every chance it gets and surprisingly violent to boot."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
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