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The Girlfriend Experience
Set in the weeks leading up to the 2008 presidential election, "The Girlfriend Experience" is five days in the life of Chelsea (adult film star Sasha Grey in her mainstream film debut), 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 $2,000 an hour, and has a devoted boyfriend who accepts her lifestyle. But, when you're in the business of meeting… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

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"We also find ourselves wondering about the real Chelsea, but Grey plays her as such a chic, chameleonlike enigma, she remains beyond our grasp. It's all part of the game: enticing but frustrating, the ultimate tease."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"The movie ends so abruptly (it runs a scant 77 minutes), it's a toss-up as to whether Soderbergh was trying to make an auteur statement or simply lost his mojo."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"The woman is a total void. She can barely string more than five words together in a single sentence before lowering her eyelids to a suggestive half-mast."
‑ Katherine Monk,
"Her beauty, independence, and stock portfolio notwithstanding, Chelsea's tale is a timely, tragic one told with typical Soderbergh finesse, a sly, sleek merger of sex, lies and hi def video."
‑ Rick Kisonak, Film Threat
"The Girlfriend Experience stands out as one of my favourite films this year and one I unreservedly recommend."
‑ Emily Breen, HeyUGuys
"The Girlfriend Experience proves that a visually striking film can be made on the fly. But grab-and-run is a more fruitful strategy for images than scripts."
‑ Mark Jenkins, NPR
"This is one of the director's small, experimental, semi-improvised provocations, and if it doesn't push too deep, it's pointed enough to leave a mark."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Given the film's timestamp and the illusory nature of Chelsea's transacted affections, she may be the Aughties bubble economy incarnate."
‑ Mark Asch, Stop Smiling
"For those inclined to follow [Soderbergh] down every nook and cranny of his career, it will be a welcome reminder of how restlessly probing he can be about matters of the heart."
‑ Perry Seibert, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This brisk study of commercial culture is nonetheless intriguing."
‑ Craig Mathieson,
"Naturalistic performances and stylish, semi-documentary-style cinematography and editing (both courtesy of the director) make for an engrossing, insightful study of internal and interpersonal conflict."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"There are layers upon layers here--a porn star taking on a serious acting role in which she plays a woman whose job is to make herself an object of male fantasy--but it's unclear whether Grey is aware of any of them."
‑ Christopher Orr, The New Republic
"Grey's face is mostly inexpressive, a dutiful mirror that soothes and deflects the egos she's paid to cultivate, while hiding deeper secrets. And in the mask of those impassive features, Soderbergh finds a sad world of unwitting nuance."
‑ Brian D. Johnson, Maclean's Magazine
"Not that The GirlfriendExperience rises to the level of Godard's Vivre sa vie, but it does provoke a host of issues that, wisely, it makes no attempt to resolve."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"To be honest, Sasha Grey is a face in search of an expression and the whole movie depends on her performance."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
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