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A Wink and a Smile

  Unrated Closed Captioning

Deirdre Allen Timmons & Jack Timmons

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About the Movie

Ten Women. One Stage. Zero inhibitions. An intoxicating mix of private yearnings and public spectacle, A Wink and A Smile follows ten ordinary women who do something extraordinary-learn the art of burlesque dancing and striptease. As captured in this revealing and acclaimed documentary, a homemaker, a doctor, an oprea singer, a taxidermist, a college student and five other women join the American revival of burlesque, where performance art and showgirl spectacle crash head-over-heels into an on-stage display of glamour and sensuality - a world where many want to go, but very few dare.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 15
  • Fresh: 6
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 5.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Just as burlesque loses most of its oomph when put on video -- no art is more dependent on the intimacy of live performance -- self-esteem trips are less compelling to hear about than to experience firsthand. – Nathan Lee, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Highly entertaining docu A Wink and a Smile provides an eye-opening lesson in the theory and practice of stripping. – Ronnie Scheib, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: Skin-deep look at students in a Seattle school for stripping. – Daniel Eagan, Hollywood Reporter, May 1, 2009

Rotten: The tension between wanting to root for these women and ultimately being faced with what you're rooting for goes completely unresolved. – Michelle Orange, Village Voice, Apr 29, 2009

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Customer Reviews


If you are very curious about the modern burlesque scene within the Seattle community, then this movie will catch you up (circa. 2007). Could have used a more historical and encompassing perspective.

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