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  • Summary: Set in the weeks leading up to the 2008 presidential election, The Girlfriend Experience is five days in the life of Chelsea, an ultra high-end Manhattan call girl who offers more than sex to her clients, but companionship and conversation – “the girlfriend experience.” Chelsea thinks she has her life totally under control—she feels her future is secure because she runs her own business her own way, makes $2000 an hour, and has a devoted boyfriend who accepts her lifestyle. But when you're in the business of meeting people, you never know who you're going to meet. (Magnolia Pictures) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. 100
    This film is true about human nature. It is not universal, but within its particular focus, it is unrelenting.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    Fair warning: I had to see The Girlfriend Experience twice before its pieces settled into coherent shape.
  3. 75
    Stylishly shot on the high-def cheap, runs 77 potently sexless minutes. Its subject isn't erotica, it's commodities trading.
  4. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    70
    Fascinating study of free enterprise in free fall. While it may disappoint thrill-seekers, "Girlfriend" should still delight Soderbergh fans and niche auds.
  5. Moderately compelling and clinical. This isn't "Breakfast at Tiffany's"; this isn't even "Klute."
  6. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    60
    Good central performances but short on plot.
  7. 25
    Time for another of Steven Soderbergh's "experimental," i.e., half-assed, films.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. 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 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. Expand
  2. Jul 12, 2014
    4
    bit of a weird movie. Grey is good, it´s just nothing you really get out of it Expand

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