USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
Who knew such a seamy swim in the misogynistic swill of life could be so entertaining?
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
As Nomi, Elizabeth Berkley has exactly two emotions -- hot and bothered -- but her party-doll blowsiness works for the picture.
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Chicago Tribune

By Gene Siskel
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]
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
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]
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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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.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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."
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By James Berardinelli
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.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
There's nothing even mildly intriguing, or remotely galvanizing, about Showgirls.
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San Francisco Examiner

That Berkley cannot act is indisputable. But her dancing looks like a seizure.
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16 out of 100
Overwhelming dislike
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