‘Burlesque’ is worse than ‘Showgirls’, critics say


Am I one of the few people that has never seen Showgirls? I just couldn’t, not even for the sake of “camp”. Which brings me to a side note – I don’t think I have the “camp” gene, honestly. Like, I’ve never seen what the big deal is about Rocky Horror Picture Show. I’ve never thought “You know what would be fun? Showgirls!” I’m not saying this in a snobby “I enjoy real art” kind of way – I like fun, silly stuff that I don’t have to think about. But the “camp” niche is not something that has ever appealed to me. So, with that in mind, I have absolutely no desire to see Burlesque, even though it looks “campy” especially with The High Priestess of Camp, Cher. I’m just… ugh. I think it looks absolutely horrible. Critics think so too – currently, the film has a 33% at Rotten Tomatoes. Bad, bad, bad.

The Daily Beast has a compare-and-contrast between Burlesque and Showgirls, considering their story lines are very similar. But here’s something I didn’t realize until I read Roger Ebert’s review – Burlesque is PG-13, and there is no sex or nudity or anything sexy. Showgirls was supposed to be very filthy, right? Like, lots of nipples and… pool sex, maybe? I seem to remember something about pool sex and a lesbian motif between Gina Gershon and Elizabeth Berkley.

Anyway, if you want to read something more amusing than the actual Burlesque film, you should read Roger Ebert’s take. Turns out, he has very found memories of Chicago burlesque houses, and he knows good burlesque when he sees it.

One last thing – Christina Aguilera has officially gone public with her new boyfriend, whom she met on Burlesque. A photo of the two of them is here. BUT HIS MOM SAID IT WASN’T HAPPENING!!!!

Cher speaks before adding her hands and footprints to the famous impressions set in concrete, during a ceremony in the forecourt of the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on November 18, 2010  UPI/Jim Ruymen Photo via Newscom

Singer Christina Aguilera performs 'Express' at the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 21, 2010.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (AMA-SHOW)

Nov. 16, 2010 - Los Angeles, California, USA - Singer actress Christina Aguilera attends the Los Angeles Premiere of ''Burlesque'' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, USA on november 15th, 2010. K66944AM. © Red Carpet Pictures


Cher speaks before adding her hands and footprints to the famous impressions set in concrete, during a ceremony in the forecourt of the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on November 18, 2010  UPI/Jim Ruymen Photo via Newscom

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  1. devilgirl says:

    What a shock! And here I thought it would be up for some major awards!


  2. Javagirl1 says:

    Lol Showgirls was great! So bad it was good….
    And Gina Gershon was super hot in it.

  3. Green Is Good says:

    They showed a clip on Regis and Kelly last Friday when Cher made an appearance. Just awful.

    Even the trailers for this mess suck. Showgirls meets Moulin Rouge, and crashed headfirst into Chicago.

  4. Laura says:

    It has about the same rating on Rottentomates as that shitty Gyllenhall/Hathaway movie.

  5. Samigirl says:

    …I hope this movie flops. I know it’s mean, but seriously, is anyone gonna go see it except for gay men? Seriously, my BGF has begged me to go see it. I’d rather stab myself in the eyeball.

  6. Green Is Good says:

    @Laura: Ha ha! I know! How bad does that mess look?

  7. mln says:

    33% isn’t that bad I think Bounty Hunter had 8% at the time of it’s release and SATC didn’t do any better, I saw a review where Jeffrey Lyons said that Xtina wasn’t that bad an actress eventhough the movie sucks so who knows, I am not interested in seeing this at all it’ll be big with Cher’s fanbase in the gay world. I also have never watched Showgirls ( I love Rocky Horror though).

  8. coexxi says:

    I’ve also never watched showgirls and I’m pretty sure I don’t watch this. The Roger Eberet reviews often are the best about some movies…

    BUT Gina Gershon was extremly funny in a Psych episode! (ok, out of context)

  9. TQB says:

    I cannot wait to see this movie – but, I also am a HUGE fan of Showgirls and so-good-it’s-bad camp crap. I am fine with the PG-13 business. Showgirls is dirty. Very very dirty. As a matter of fact, it would be much more fun without the extremely disturbing rape scene in the middle. Pool sex and women just wandering around topless is funny but I could do without it.

    uhm, so when can we discuss the fact that Xtina is pregnant with the new BF’s baby? She looks exactly like she did the last time – giant boobs, tired.

  10. lu says:

    I knew it, this and Love and Drugs are going to tank. Seriously they have made this movies before, but this is shittier dialog

  11. jen says:

    Check out “Come Back to Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean”.

    Cher acts the hell out of that, and it’s a gem for James Dean fans.

  12. REALIST says:

    X-tina and Cher creating a fiasco-imagine that? Cher is too old for this crap and X-tina-well, she is a talented vocalist (I didn’t realize that until I saw her in the Stones/Scorcese movie), but I think the talent stops there.

    As for “Showgirls”, I know soooo many men who have a fetish for Gina Gershon-that alone would make Showgirls the better bet. Never seen it, but I also heard Kyle MacLachlan’s camping it up the villain was pretty hysterical. The makings of a cult classic!

  13. brin says:

    Sounds like a real turkey (yeah, I said it).

  14. danielle says:

    TQB – I was amused by the camp of Showgirls until the rape scene, and then I was just horrified.

  15. Nina says:

    I’d love for Dita von Teese to review this movie..

  16. samihami says:

    Love Rocky Horror…I have many fond memories of that from my teens/early 20’s! Showgirls, meh. Not a particularly good movie, but I’ve seen worse, also. Couldn’t care less about this one.

  17. mslewis says:

    I tried watching “Showgirls” on video but just could not do it. Gina Gershon was fabulous in what little I saw but poor Liz Berkley was beyond terrible. I don’t think she should have been blamed totally for the bomb but she was a big part of it. I had a feeling this thing would be as bad or worse than Showgirls. Not that I was planning to see it anyway. I have a tough time looking at Cher trying to talk. It looks painful. The woman can hardly move her face. So, no, this thing won’t even go on my Netflix gueue.

    I’m really surprised at the rating on Rotten Tom. That’s pretty high actually. Maybe there are a lot of gay reviewers out there.

  18. mslewis says:

    I’d love for Dita von Teese to review this movie..
    Why wasn’t she in it, I wonder?

    Did you see Dita last night on “Fashion Show”? I’m not a fan but she looked very pretty and she had some good stuff to say about the clothes. Girl did not hold back.

  19. jover says:

    And for this Xtina canceled or put off her fall tour to promote her new cd. The younger crowd really isn’t interested in this stuff. Have to admit I enjoyed showgirls watched it several times on fx,etc. and Gina Gershon makes Olivia Wilde, Megan Fox, Blake lively, etc. to be elementary school girls in the sexapalooza department with her performance. Whatever happened to her?

  20. Lemon Drops says:

    Is Christina pregnant again?

  21. J says:

    33% on rotten tomatoes for the critics isn’t saying that much. Also I generally don’t trust the critics’ reviews all that much. Right now the movie has 84% for audience reviews. All that said, it still looks like a crappy movie to me.

  22. I wouldn’t believe everything the critics say, they said the new Harry Potter film was amazing and after seeing it i can honestly say (as a huge HP fan) that they obviously split it into ywo for the money, the film was 2hrs20mins long and only about half hour was not boring, can’t wait for part 2 which the good stuff was obviously saved for.
    Anyway after the pre screenings of “Burlesque” most people said it was great.

  23. Nj says:

    I just saw Showgirls again a few nights ago. It is so classically bad it will TEACH you to appreciate camp! I didn’t even remember the rape scene- I always turn that off bc it detracts from the fun. Any director with an ounce of taste would have cut it but… The director is devoid of any taste whatsoever! Kyle maclachlan is so deliciously bad! Gina Gershon is brilliant! Elizabeth Berkely has got to be seen to be believed! The acting! The dialogue! The costumes! The attempts at humor! So much nudity but zero eroticism bc you are laughing so hard! Showgirls is a masterpiece in its own right.

  24. Jayna says:

    I have read some good reviews of it for what it is. I will be there to see the movie. Can’t wait. Cher, Xtina, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell, great vocals, a win-win.

  25. Cheyenne says:

    WTF? I don’t believe anything could be worse than “Showgirls”.

  26. heathen says:

    LOL! I couldn’t even get past the headline! Is it even possible for a movie to be worse than Showgirls? Well heck, now I’ll have to go see it just to be able to believe it!
    And yes, Showgirls has loads of nudity — the dancers are all topless & there is a pool sex scene.

  27. Benjamin says:

    Showgirls is certainly an acquired taste, but considering how much I love it for it’s limitless camp value, the reviews Burlesque is getting are nothing but glowing in my book. I’m all over this mess this weekend.

  28. Winny says:

    So…anyone else think christina is starting to look like a blonde snooki? Maybe it’s just me

  29. Tia C says:

    I love me some Cher, so I just attempted to watch the trailer and couldn’t even get through it. Looks. Really. BAD. And not good bad, just bad.

  30. Marjalane says:

    I’m sorry but Xtina looked like a pregnant floozy last night on DWTS. She sounded good, esp. on “Beautiful”, but man, she looked like someone who’d been doing the 3x a night burlesque shows for about 20 years.

    It’s a shame Cher was wasted on this- I think she’s a really good actress. Still can’t resist “Moonstruck” when it comes on.

  31. mojoman says:

    I couldnt get past the poster, it’s so cheesy that I cant even comment. and wtf happened to xtina’s scalp in the 3rd picture? is she a victim of weaving case?

  32. Roxanne75 says:

    Don’t need a separate article to figure this one out!

  33. Boombeeba says:

    For the record Showgirls is an incredible movie. Just bc it flopped in theaters & received scathing reviews is not a reflection on the film as an art piece. I took film class & one of the things my teacher always taught us is the best movies are the ones where u never know what’s gonna happen next. Today, any film I see whether it be horror or romantic comedy etc u can always predict what’s gonna happen, that’s no bueno. I watched Showgirls for the first time a couple weeks ago w/ my gf & her bf, & we kept speculating about what was gonna happen, & we kept getting turned on our heads!!! The greatest part about the movie is that it has another classic element of great films my teacher taught us about: it ends where it begins. I’m no critic, but I do suggest some of u actually give showgirls a chance. It’ll blow ur heads off !

  34. Bill Hicks is God says:

    Boombeeba’s post is what damned-near blew my head off…

    What film class is this, who is this post-secondary reject cinema “scholar” teaching impressionable young people what he thinks makes good cinema?

    Now the translation:
    ur post fcukd up my head wht flm class wuz this w the fucktard tchr??? Nxt ur gonna say Species wuz classic!!!

  35. Jaxx says:

    Why has Xtina gotten so fat?

  36. becky says:

    species was a total classic. and speed.

  37. filthycute says:

    What, like Christina is a one-namer now? Please.

    Miss Piggy needs to fade away.

  38. KellyBrynn says:

    shitshow or not, i’m going to see this mess!

    it’s my birthday and i just know my girls christina and cher released it today as a gift to me. love ya girls xx!

  39. Hautie says:

    I saw the interview with Cher about this movie. She said she wanted to do it simply cause she got to sing in it.

    So I am assuming it was not ever meant to be a Oscar contender. She did it cause she want to have fun.

    Good for her.

    And Christina seriously needs to burn that terrible wig. Why didn’t she buy her wig from Cher’s wig maker??

  40. Ally says:

    What happened to the lovely Cher of Moonstruck? I don’t know how anyone can act or display emotion generally with that waxy a face. From the clips I’ve seen, she can barely move her mouth to speak.

  41. Shay says:

    Cher’s time is over

  42. terryo says:

    it is too bad Christina does not show off her fabulous boobs. That kind of scene could save a movie. Elizabeth Berkly and Gina Gershon were in their prime physically and made that movie watchable. Do PlayBoy Christina! And do more public scenes with Sam Ronson and keep us interested in you!

  43. gg says:

    How could anything be as bad as Showgirls??

    Christina looks awful in these pics – bloated and that wig- awful! Maybe she is pregnant.

    I would like to know why these Hollywood ladies who spray tan and have bleached hair simply cannot avoid turning the hair around their hairline and neck orange? Seems to me you would stop the tanning if you had to have white blonde hair, because the two together are problematic. *See, Lindsay Lohan.

  44. Stubbylove says:

    Anything with Cher I love – no matter what – she’s a friggin’ stud and can do no wrong in my book.

  45. LeeLee says:

    I LOVE Cher but that being said, her and Christina look like two men who are impersonating them in the second to last pic.

  46. mystified says:

    Filthycute, no Christina Aguilera is not a one name. I honestly thought the “Christina” referred to on the poster was Christina Applegate. (I should have known that she had too good taste to be in this movie.)

  47. PaulY says:

    I totally called this weeks ago when I saw the first trailer: Burlesque is Showgirls meets Glitter. Spot-on. HaHa!

  48. amber says:

    i don’t put much stock into critic reviews.. just because i usually end up liking a lot of stuff they don’t and not really seeing the hype in stuff they do like. the audience rating is at 82% so its not that bad for an average viewer

  49. Louise says:

    The green dress make Christina look pregnant. Just based on the commercials, the dialogue is really bad and corny.

  50. bee no. 2 says:

    They should do a remake of Rocky Horror with Cher as Dr Frankenfurten. Imagine her singing ”I’m just a Sweet Transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania”. I’d totally believe her…

  51. Tess says:

    Cher is melting.

  52. DetRiotgirl says:

    I love Showgirls! A classic campy disaster. I can’t wait to see this mess! I’m fandangoing as I text… Haha

  53. california angel says:

    I triple-heart Cher and I love Christina’s voice but i probably will only watch this movie while my boyfriend’s at work and no one else is home lol. Random aside; I was watching the best of Chris Farley SNL and had forgotten how well Christina Applegate imitates Cher, it’s pretty priceless.

  54. Nj says:

    Bomberta is totally right. Showgirls is one film that you cannot predict.

    And don’t tell me that Christina is not pregnant. She totally is.

  55. Bitter fruit says:

    Showgirls is awfully funny and an awful film. Great to watch when drunk 🙂

  56. bellaluna says:

    Kaiser –

    No, you’re so not the only one who hasn’t seen Showgirls. I’ve actually tried to watch it on more than one occasion (a la Watchmen and a few others I don’t care to remember right now); I just can’t. I didn’t even know there was a rape scene in Showgirls – that’s how little I was able to tolerate that movie.

    PaulY – I actually read that somewhere else (was that you?) as well.

  57. Jayna says:

    Please. Xtina isn’t pregnant. She was in a skintight dress on Conan. She’s been chunky before in the Stripped era. I think she battles her weight at times. I prefer her thinner because her face is prettier and her legs are prettier.

  58. original kate says:

    nothing is worse than “showgirls.”

  59. Mizz Tickles says:

    Great observation Winny!

  60. LittleDeadGirl says:

    Becky – species was a total classic. and speed.


    Ha! Made me laugh. Awesome comment. Showgirls wasn’t so bad but I have to agree with Kaiser in that I don’t have th camp gene either. Or the romantic comedy/musical gene. I’m missing alot of those genes.

    The only thing I got out of Burlesque was a want to see an ACTUAL burlesque show in some traditional burlseque house.

  61. CB Rawks says:

    “For the record Showgirls is an incredible movie.
    I took film class & one of the things my teacher always taught us is the best movies are the ones where u never know what’s gonna happen next.”

    Good. Lord. This is a tongue in cheek comment, right? You’re yanking us?
    I don’t think the teacher meant that total randomness and lack of plot made a movie good.

  62. Glenn says:

    Showgirls was great fun, esp because of the blatant nudity and terribly obvious “plot.”
    Burlesque in PG-13? Doomed from the start. What’s next, Disney does Helter Skelter?

  63. TG says:

    I don’t think I will watch it. I don’t want to see a fat Christina rolling around on stage.

  64. Mimi says:

    But, don’t you like True Blood? (Or is that Celebitchy?)
    True Blood is pure camp and fun 🙂

  65. lola lola says:

    Note to X-tina: If you haven’t got a waist anymore, don’t wrap your middle with rhinestones….Ugh!

  66. latam says:

    it looks shit. But im not gonna lie, I like showgirls, there i said it.

  67. Jason says:

    Why is this a surprise? I only heard about it this morning, and was utterly dumbfounded when I found out it was PG-13.

    What idiot thought that a movie TITLED “Burlesque” could be rated PG-13 and get any sort of attention? At least rate it R and get some sort of turnout.

  68. DetRiotgirl says:

    I just saw it! It was fun! It really wasn’t nearly as bad as I was expecting. It was like two parts showgirls, one part moulin rouge and two more parts coyote ugly. If you enjoyed any of those movies, you’ll probably enjoy this.

    And although, yes, Christina is looking like a hot mess in those pictures, she looked great in the movie! Minimal make up when she’s not on stage, and her body was fantastic.

  69. Camille says:

    This doesn’t surprise me at all. It looks damn awful!

    And Showgirls is one of those totally cheesy, campy, slutty, stupid films that is still kinda entertaining and fun. You just don’t ever, ever, ever admit to liking it in public. But doing so anonymously over the internet is fine 😉 lol.

  70. Lia says:

    Cher + Aguilera + burlseque = you KNOW it’s going to stink.

  71. BamaGuy says:

    You have to see Showgirls, the most magnificent trash on screen ever, ripping off “All About Eve” OMFG the lead is named “Nomi” (“know me” – get it?) and it is said that Joe Esterhaus wrote the screenplay with his penis

  72. lindsay says:

    Reading through the comments reminds me of how many pathetic bandwagon jumpers there are in the world. all the people saying “there’s nothing worse than showgirls” i suspect haven’t even seen it. they just HEARD that it was bad and…well, since they don’t have minds of their own, they have to agree with what others say. anybody who’s REALLY seen “showgirls” knows that it’s far from the worst movie ever made. it’s actually entertaining and nobody can say otherwise. even roger ebert said this(not that my life revolves around what critics think but i know alot of other people’s lives do so that’s why i’m mentioning it)