films seen
11
average score
1.95*
nationality
The Netherlands - 83 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Verhoeven made big-budget cheese his personal trademark, he just wasn't always successful. When it turns out right his oeuvre offers solid entertainment, but too many of his films fall flat on their face. Explore at your own peril.

The good stuff

RoboCop

by Paul Verhoeven
Specifics
1987 / 102m - USA
Genre
Action, Crime
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
RoboCop poster

Solid pieces

Starship Troopers

by Paul Verhoeven
Specifics
1997 / 129m - USA
Genre
Sci-fi, Action
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Starship Troopers poster

Worthy but flawed

Elle

by Paul Verhoeven
Specifics
2016 / 130m - France
Genre
Drama, Thriller
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Elle poster

Dubious filler

Tricked

by Paul Verhoeven
Also known as
Steekspel
Specifics
2012 / 55m - The Netherlands
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Romance
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Tricked poster

Showgirls

by Paul Verhoeven
Specifics
1995 / 128m - USA
Genre
Drama
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Showgirls poster

Showy and kitschy showbiz drama that has a little extra because of Verhoeven's over-the-top direction, but fails to excite beyond that. The acting is pretty bland, the story is boring and the film could've been 30 minutes shorter. It's not a terrible film, certainly not as bad as its reputation, but it's not very noteworthy either.

Basic Instinct

by Paul Verhoeven
Specifics
1992 / 127m - USA
Genre
Thriller
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Basic Instinct poster

I'm pretty sure I'd seen this film before as a kid, but I didn't remember much of it, apart from the scenes that have become part of our cultural memory. It's a Verhoeven though, so I figured it would be nice to give this one another go and see if it was still worth something. The result was a little disappointing I'm afraid.

There's quite a bit of nudity and the murders are pretty direct (for a Hollywood film), but that's about it really. The film itself is a very basic cop thriller, with a rather plain "did she or didn't she" plot that Verhoeven drags out until the very end. I found it hard to care about the final twist, which is never a good sign.

Performances are rather weak (Douglas in particular is prone to some serious overacting) and the film has that rather cheap 90s cop thriller look. The soundtrack isn't very helpful either. The pacing is fine though and the film never gets too slow or boring, but in the end there's not all that much appeal left for a 2 hour film.

Total Recall

by Paul Verhoeven
Specifics
1990 / 113m - USA
Genre
Sci-fi, Thriller
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Total Recall poster

Big nopes

Hollow Man

by Paul Verhoeven
Specifics
2000 / 112m - USA
Genre
Sci-fi, Thriller
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Hollow Man poster

Flesh & Blood

by Paul Verhoeven
Also known as
Flesh+Blood
Specifics
1985 / 126m - USA
Genre
Action, Adventure
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Flesh & Blood poster

Soldier of Orange

by Paul Verhoeven
Also known as
Soldaat van Oranje
Specifics
1977 / 165m - The Netherlands
Genre
Drama, War
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Soldier of Orange poster

Irritation overload

Black Book

by Paul Verhoeven
Also known as
Zwartboek
Specifics
2006 / 145m - The Netherlands
Genre
Thriller, War
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rating
0.5*/5.0*
Black Book poster