Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
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  1. The effect is impressionistic and provocative, with the emphasis falling differently on scenes because of our knowledge or lack thereof.
  2. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    60
    Though the result is thematically slight, it's structurally sophisticated enough to reward a second viewing (or at least, unlike Grey's previous work, to be watched all the way through).
  3. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    60
    Good central performances but short on plot.
  4. The Girlfriend Experience uses nonprofessional actors, aside from lead Grey, who is the acclaimed star of more than 80 porn films and here debuts in her first "nonadult" role.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    50
    A compelling monotony, but one that's never quite pleasure, never quite pain and, therefore, never quite an experience.
  6. Most of the dialogue is listless, and no matter how much Soderbergh snips and stitches, the movie is a corpse with twitching limbs.
  7. Nowhere near as kinky or thinky as Soderbergh’s "sex, lies and videotape," Girlfriend pretends it has more on its mind than it really does.
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Jul 12, 2014
    4
    bit of a weird movie. Grey is good, it´s just nothing you really getbit of a weird movie. Grey is good, it´s just nothing you really get out of it Full Review »
  2. Jun 4, 2013
    10
    The Girlfriend Experience is clear, it's a deep down sex documentary of payers that works. The original camera shot footage by StevenThe Girlfriend Experience is clear, it's a deep down sex documentary of payers that works. The original camera shot footage by Steven Sodenburgh are eye catching and deeply subversive and brilliant. The Girlfriend Experience is total porno but brilliant and thought provoking in its own way. The film carries various themes- Romance, Drama, Adult, Black Comedy and much more. Full Review »
  3. Mike
    Oct 9, 2009
    0
    Yes, we get it the economy is bad, and guess what, So is this movie! I couldn't believe what a bore this was! uninteresting, and the Yes, we get it the economy is bad, and guess what, So is this movie! I couldn't believe what a bore this was! uninteresting, and the director sucks. Stop pretending to be making "art" being this movie is garbage. Full Review »