Chelsea Girls
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One of the first "underground" films of the 1960's to achieve a degree of mainstream acceptance (it was an actual hit in New York City, was well-received in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and was banned in Chicago and Boston), Andy Warhol's The Chelsea Girls offered a long, unblinking look into the lives of Warhol's retinue of "superstars" as they showed off for the camera in their various rooms in the notorious Chelsea Hotel, long a favored New York hangout for writers, artists and bohemians. Along with such notables of the moment as Eric Emerson, Brigid Polk,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A pointless, excruciatingly dull three-and-a-half hours spent in the company of Andy Warhol's friends."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Watching and waiting brought some amazing performances before Warhol's camera: Emerson's stoned monologue, Ondine's violent, sourly comic rant on being pope."
‑ Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle
"The Warhol gang at their underground peak."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"At nearly four hours long, The Chelsea Girls offers too few rewards to the patient."
‑ , Film4
"View'n doze."
‑ Raymond Durgnat, Time Out
"The results are often spellbinding; the juxtaposition of two film images at once gives the spectator an unusual amount of freedom in what to concentrate on and what to make of these variously whacked-out performers."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The dueling image visual feast is endlessly stimulating, even if you don't take the requisite drugs beforehand."
‑ Dan Callahan, Slant Magazine
"Another Warhol put-on."
‑ Shane Burridge,
"Warhol has nothing to say and no technique to say it with."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"I couldn't be more bored with this flimsy anti-film presentation."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A film whose importance as a 1960s cultural statement outweighs any intrinsic value it may have as a film, Chelsea Girls is nevertheless fascinating, provocative, and hilarious."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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