Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
- Entertainment Weekly
Janet Maslin - New York Times
[The script] is as hoary as it is whore-y, whipping out every backstage cliche as he recycles his Flashdance plot into Trashdance.
Susan Wloszczyna - USA Today
An overcoat movie for men who don't want to be seen going into a porno theater.
Rita Kempley - Washington Post
To take Showgirls that seriously (as either trash-art or appalling pornography) wouldn't be worth the exertion.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
A waste of a perfectly good NC-17 rating.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
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
One of the worst films of the year.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
- Hollywood Reporter
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
Intelligently made by a smart director in full command of his powers.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
...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
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
James Plath - DVDTown.com
Stanley Kauffmann - New Republic
Stanley Kauffmann - The New Republic
Even the grossest porn is more cheerfully sexual than this movie.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Derek Adams - Time Out
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
A bore with nothing much to say about anything and for that matter not much to look at.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
So bad, it's fun.
Mark Robison - Reno Gazette-Journal
It's great that a critically and publicly lambasted movie gets a special edition [DVD] that gets it.
Fred Topel - About.com
Showgirls is one of the most honest satires of recent years.
Eric Henderson - Slant Magazine
...despite its rampant sexual material, it is not a sexy film. Dang, this thing couldn't get anything right.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Tasteless, tawdry, and guaranteed to leave you rolling in the aisles... the best bad filmmaking Hollywood has to offer.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
One of the most entertaining bad movies of all time.
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
John Esther - Pasadena Weekly
Leonard Schwarz - Palo Alto Weekly
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
I'm in the "so bad it's bad" camp on this one. The nudity is nice.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Nicolas Lacroix - Showbizz.net
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Cory Cheney - Urban Tulsa Weekly
Perhaps the worst movie of the year.
Kim Williamson - Boxoffice Magazine
Not only is this movie really dumb, but it's barely sexy, and not even close to explicit.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
Think of Flashdance but with an unappealing leading lady playing a woman whose fierce ambition is to do something not admirable, just ridiculous.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco 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.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Verhoeven, a Dutch filmmaker whose early works include the dazzlingly intelligent and anarchic The Fourth Man, has clearly lost his soul in Hollywood.
Barbara Shulgasser - San Francisco Examiner
Just plain awful.
Bob Thompson - Jam! Movies
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.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee