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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) Expand
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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 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  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. NanaK.
    May 23, 2009
    7
    Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) nailed the allegory. I liked it more than Full Frontal, but not as much as Bubble.
  3. JayH
    Sep 22, 2009
    5
    What was Steven Soderbergh thinking? This relentlessly bland and unexciting film left me tired and yawning. I admire he has again tried to accomplish something different, and the film does have a certain amount of style, but without an interesting plot, who cares? One of his biggest strengths is characters with definition and depth. Not in this film. Expand
  4. AlanZ
    May 23, 2009
    2
    Don't be fooled (or is it seduced) by the salacious title or overt sensual appeal of Sasha Grey (if that's what you're after there are far better places to see her on display). The film is disjointed, distant, and vacant of any character development or depth. It's more about human bankruptcy than it is about any economic one. Perhaps it's only really meaningful comment is the films narrow indictment of the current Jewish world view in contemporary America. I know that's a stretch but after you've spent 80 minutes in a duldrum you might want to reach for anything. Soderbergh is far too talented for this phone-in of a film. He knows this terrain well. Revisit 'sex, lies and videotapes' for a mirrowed style but a film of importance and substance. Expand
  5. 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 director sucks. Stop pretending to be making "art" being this movie is garbage. Expand