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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 sheSet 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. The Girlfriend Experience is one of Steven Soderbergh's bite-size, semi-improvised, shot-on-DV doodles (like Bubble or Full Frontal), and it's the best one he's made.
  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
    Voyeurism is a favorite pursuit of Americans, and The Girlfriend Experience works in large part because it indulges that pastime. The fascination with the film is that it offers an arm's-length opportunity to peer through a peephole into a lifestyle that will be exotic and alluring to most in the audience.
  4. 70
    When the turmoil of the last 12 months has receded and the 10th-anniversary deluxe collectors edition comes around, this strange, numb cinematic experience may seem fresh, shocking and poignant rather than merely and depressingly true.
  5. Moderately compelling and clinical. This isn't "Breakfast at Tiffany's"; this isn't even "Klute."
  6. 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).
  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 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. 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 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. 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 Expand
  5. 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 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. Collapse
  6. 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. Expand

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