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3.0
1,835 Ratings

Showgirls

Directed by Paul Verhoeven
United States, France, 1995
Drama
  • English
  • Spanish

Synopsis

A young drifter named Nomi arrives in Las Vegas to become a dancer and soon sets about clawing and pushing her way to become the top of the Vegas showgirls.

Our take

In the tradition of the subversive melodramas of Douglas Sirk, Paul Verhoeven’s satire of American materialism and showbiz was widely misunderstood in its day, but is, in some circles, considered to be one of the greatest films of the 90s. It’s high time to rediscover this modern classic!

Showgirls Directed by Paul Verhoeven

What are people saying?

  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film Showgirls

    A determidly vulgar and brash surface belies the satiric undercurrent of this monstrous child of a film. It's almost Verhoeven's Sirkian moment, albeit lit in tawdry neon. The feeling of a juggernaut with it's brakes cut, careering towards its deserved targets permeates through the shallow trash aesthetic with thrilling knowingness. Nevertheless it's an unedifying, albeit kinetic, spectacle (but so is the bullseye).

  • Joe Hackman's rating of the film Showgirls

    Easily the best Verhoeven film I've seen. It's still melodramatic and nonsensical, with some terrible dialogue and/or line delivery throughout... But it's entertaining and the cinematography is great.

  • José Neves's rating of the film Showgirls

    Cinematography by Jost Vacano. A film that begins as a B movie, fast and in action, and that is the most amazing féerie of colors and camera movements since Coppola's "One From the Heart", without forgetting that the heart is a lonely hunter and the social is its sewer. In the desert, with the avidity of amorality, is staged a consummate representation of vulnerability and Greed, as in Stroheim's homonymous film.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Showgirls

    Much like De Palma and Carpenter, Verhoeven divides his audiences. The Dutch outsider to Hollywood arguably infiltrated the industry in order to satirise the hell out of it. Verhoeven has identified the rotten core of the entertainment industry, and a classic Machiavellianism required in order to 'get to the top'. Van Sant's 'To Die For' was released the same year, and Aronofsky's 'Black Swan' owes much to this.

  • T. J. Mesen's rating of the film Showgirls

    "When I think of the movie, I see all these brilliant colors and of these beautiful movements—of the body and of the camera—and what stands out for me is the elegance. That sounds strange to people when I say this is a very elegant movie, but I think it is. It's probably the most elegant movie I've ever done." – Paul Verhoeven for Rolling Stone

  • filmcapsule's rating of the film Showgirls

    I’m a big Verhoeven fan, but I still don’t see Showgirls as scathing satire so much as over-the-top camp, which would be fine if it weren’t tedious and overlong, as well as flippant and mean-spirited. Depicting despicable behavior isn’t the same as condoning it, sure, but it doesn’t automatically equate to commentary either.

  • Mark Garrett's rating of the film Showgirls

    Not only is it a masterpiece, but it's a rather obvious one, holding you up by the collar the whole way through, gyrations, hard nipples, and all. Hate to say but, it's rather annoying when it's trashed, like someone misinterpreting Camus or a food critic disregarding just how good ribs or a burger can be.

  • CJ Roy's rating of the film Showgirls

    The most misunderstood director in Hollywood makes the most misunderstood and personal attack on Hollywood. Perfectly demonstrates how north america has accepted violence (Robocop, Total Recall, Starship Troopers) but fears and misunderstands sex.