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.


“Smartly analytical and entertaining”

– David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

“Pleasingly wonkish”

– Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times


“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