Striptease (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

Striptease (1996)



Critic Consensus: Striptease can't decide whether it is a lurid thriller or a sexy satire - which becomes a moot point as it proves disastrously incapable of pulling either off.

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Based on Carl Hiaasen's satirical novel, Striptease tells the story of Erin (Demi Moore), who has just gotten a divorce from Darrell (Robert Patrick), the sleazy ex-con she foolishly married. However, the judge's memories of Darrell's days as a football hero win him custody of their daughter, and Erin, concerned for her child's safety, is determined to fight the decision. Erin has just lost her position as a secretary for the FBI, so, to cover her legal bills, she takes a job as an exotic dancer at a strip club called the Eager Beaver. While she has no experience taking off her clothes in front of an audience, Erin soon makes friends with the fellow dancers and finds a protector in the club's burly but good-hearted bouncer, Shad (Ving Rhames). She also makes a few fans among the regulars at the club, most notably David Dillbeck (Burt Reynolds), a drunken lout with a bottomless appetite for sleaze -- who also happens to be a conservative congressman with ties to right-wing religious groups. One of Erin's admirers snaps a photo of her with the congressman when a brawl breaks out at the club, and he suggests that it would make fine blackmail material. However, when the man with the photo turns up dead, Erin discovers that Dillbeck's people play a bit rougher than she expected. The home video version of Striptease contains two minutes of footage that was clipped from the theatrical release in order to win the film an R rating. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Demi Moore
as Erin Grant
Armand Assante
as Al Garcia
Robert Patrick
as Darrell Grant
Burt Reynolds
as David Dilbeck
Paul Guilfoyle (II)
as Malcolm Moldovsky
Robert Stanton
as Erb Crandal
William Hill
as Jerry Killian
Stuart Pankin
as Alan Mordecai
Dina Spybey
as Monique Jr.
Pasean Wilson
as Sabrina Hepburn
Pandora Peaks
as Urbana Sprawl
Kimberly Flynn
as Ariel Sharon
Rena Riffel
as Tiffany Glass
Matthew Baron
as Paul Guber
Gianni Russo
as Willie Rojo
José Zúñiga
as Chris Rojo
Frances Fisher
as Donna Garcia
Louis Seeger Crume
as Judge Fingerhut
Anthony Giaimo
as Medical Examiner
Jerry Pacific
as Parking Valet
Anna Lobell
as Video Clerk
Diane Adams
as Hospital Volunteer
Chad Ayers
as Young Christian
April Sharpe
as Seaquarium Guide
Maria Gennaro
as TV Reporter
Keith Blaney
as Bachelor No. 1
Marc Chaykin
as Bachelor No. 2
Christine Bauerle
as Cocktail Waitress
Yoshi Obata
as Business Man in Club
Tony Toyoda
as Business Man in Club
Scott Oughterson
as Business Man in Club
Ted Niarchos Jr.
as Patron in Club
Darreck Crane
as Patron in Club
Marco Assante
as Patron in Club
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Critic Reviews for Striptease

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (26)

I don't know if the lawyers are currently scanning the contracts for Striptease in order to find out what went wrong in the small print, but someone got badly conned; and that someone is mostly the audience.

November 28, 2017 | Full Review…

Yet another case of the star's salary being much more interesting, and exuberantly vulgar, than anything the screen reveals.

June 18, 2014

The Striptease script... is at a loss for any kind of drama between Moore's dances. Not for a second do we care about her as a mother, wife or working woman.

June 18, 2014 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

The film's premise is thinner than the heroine's G-string.

June 18, 2014 | Full Review…

Bergman, who made The Freshman and Honeymoon in Vegas, provides quotable one-liners for everyone (especially Rhames), and a bevy of strippers lend colorful albeit stereotypically ditzy support.

June 18, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Men will doubtless be lured to Striptease by Moore's beautifully sculpted body. But it's the heart she puts into Erin that gives this more erratic than erotic picture the centering presence it needs.

June 18, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Striptease


If Demi strutting around like a skinned chicken in an excessive amount of strip scenes doesn't make you want to die, the constant use of Annie Lennox and eurythmics songs will do it for you.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Striptease was a big miss of a film. The film is a total waste, and has some of the worst performances that I've seen. The film is pretty pointless. The story is paper thin and has no redeeming factor. Not even Demi Moore's nice rack can save this atrocious picture. The cast is very questionable and their performances seem too fake for my taste. This film is awful. There's absolutely no other way to describe it. The performances suffer because the actors are terrible. The film is not engaging one bit, and it's just a big boring attempt at trying to make a good film. Obviously the film has gotten attention for Demi Moore, and it is really the only point of interest of this film. Not even that can save the film. This film is poorly acted, directed with a bad cast and a poor script. Striptease fails to entertain, and though we see Demi Moore's lovely assets, the film has nothing else going for it. A terrible, pointless film that should've never been made. Striptease aside from Demi Moore naked is not a good film; the film lacks a very good story, good story and everything else that makes a film good. I don't understand how this trash got made. A pointless and stupid film, Striptease is not good entertainment and is easily forgettable because the film is so mediocre. An awful film that should be avoided. This film also shows that Demi Moore isn't that good of an actress either. So aside from Moore naked, you're not missing much. If you want to watch it, proceed with caution. One full star for Demi Moore's figure!

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Not as bad as I was expecting! Way too long at close to 2 hours, must have been so they could fit in so many scenes of Demi stripping. Surprised to see Ving Rhames and Robert Patrick were in this along with a funny Burt Reynolds. Quite funny in places and well... plenty of nudity to!

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

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