Desson (Howe) Thomson writing for The Post called “Showgirls” “a skinflick posing as a hard-hitting, tell-it-like-it-is indictment of Vegas, Hollywood and America.” He explained the plot thusly:
In this licentious "All About Eve" fable, nude dancer Nomi Malone (newcomer Elizabeth Berkley) elbows and scratches her way to the top of the nudie heap, while stripper queen Cristal Connors (Gina Gershon) alternately tries to keep her down and seduce her. With its catfights in the dressing room, bump-and-grind sex in swimming pools, private lap dancing in dark corners and a general atmosphere of nastiness, "Showgirls" is a one-of-a-kind experience. If this is what you're after, you won't be disappointed.
The film, which also stars Kyle MacLachlan in his post-“Twin Peaks” days, was a flop: It cost $45 million to make and grossed just over $20 million at the domestic box office.
Now if someone could convince a cable channel to air a “Troll 2” marathon, the life of this writer — a self-professed bad movie fan — would be complete.