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An A to Z of the World's Deadliest Movie Reviews From Affleck
to Zeta Jones
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Paul Verhoeven
Director, Showgirls (1995)
Spectacularly trashy. Verhoeven, working from Eszterhas' laughably crude script, has reinvented himself as a purveyor of high-style cynical sleaze: ersatz scandal with a leer. His images practically smack their lips for you.
(Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly)
Director, Black Book (2006)
Heaven knows, no one expects subtlety from Paul “Showgirls” Verhoeven, but sitting through his cheesy new soft-porn second world war resistandrama is like finding a particularly humourless episode of ‘Allo ‘Allo on satellite - one with an awful lot of contrived toplessness... It’s a dire and overlong period movie that manages to display a good deal of prurience and misogyny, the climax of which arrives when the blonde leading lady - wrongly condemned as a Nazi collaborator - has a hundredweight of human faeces tipped over her from a vast bucket. She is, of course, topless at the time... Crass, vulgar and flatulent.
(Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)
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