A chorus of film critics and fervent devotees explore the complicated afterlife of 1995’s biggest film flop, Paul Verhoeven’s SHOWGIRLS, from disastrous release to cult adoration and extraordinary redemption.


“Pleasingly wonkish”

– Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times

“Smartly analytical and entertaining”

– David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter


“Almost as entertaining as Showgirls itself”

– Rich Juzwiak, Jezebel

“Exhilarating, madcap cine-essay”

– David Edelstein, VulturE


“The most thoughtful deconstruction of a film imaginable”

– Kent Turner, Film Forward