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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: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"The tagline sleazily states: "See it with someone you fuck," when, in fact, you should just fuck someone you fuck. This is one experience you'll want to miss out on."
‑ Chase Whale, Gordon and the Whale
"The inner-self is not for sale"
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"The whole film carries a sort of documentary aesthetic (unsteady camera movements, uncomfortable close-ups, inconsistent sound, etc.) but it remains subtle and unobtrusive throughout."
‑ Nick Deigman, Fan The Fire
"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
"After it's over, it quickly vanishes from memory, and viewers are on to the next transaction."
‑ Adam Graham, Detroit News
"This is a movie that deals with the sudden, terrorizing loss of something that in the long run probably isn't spiritually important but sure does freaking sting right now. The natural order is lost, and no one knows what next to grab onto."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"...yet another failed cinematic experiment from Soderbergh..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The nature of men and the business of relationships"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"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
"As much as there is to admire about Soderbergh, his indifference to time sequencing hurts the story here."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"It's a critique of capitalism by the Ocean's auteur, no less."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Like a sneaky P.I. seeking weakness, Soderbergh places his camera behind everyday barriers. In half the time, "The Girlfriend Experience" offers as haunting, relentless, incisive and fierce a commentary on human interaction as "Fight Club.""
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Soderbergh prouve une fois de plus sa versatilité et sa grande créativité, et ce, indépendamment de la taille du projet ou des noms avec lesquels il est appelé à travailler"
‑ Jean-François Vandeuren, Panorama
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