The Girlfriend Experience
The Girlfriend Experience (2009)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 22, 2009
DVD Release Date: September 29, 2009
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Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Steven Soderbergh's latest lo-fi production is strikingly crafted but emotionally vague.

Christy Lemire
Associated Press

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.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

In some ways, the movie seems pornographic, and it's because in its progression it captures, as though by accident, a certain innocence--that sort of innocence that ends up incriminating the audience.

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Mark Jenkins

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.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

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.

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Chris Cabin

Despite the rampant symbolism that Soderbergh conjures and indulges, The Girlfriend Experience is not a cold or clinical film at all.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Christopher Orr
The New Republic

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.

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Katherine Monk

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 35% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Though the film's subject may not appeal to everyone, it is fascinating how Soderbergh uses a low-budget, experimental approach to take an honest look at… More
Ken Stachnik
You have to admit, he got a hell of a performance out of a porn star.
Melvin White
Chelsea: After he got off the phone, we made out for a while and then he asked me to masturbate, which I did. Then he masturbated while watching me. He made… More
Steven Carrier
Steven Soderbergh's "The Girlfriend Experience" is the NYC companion to his LA set "Full Frontal". Both are meta-film style experiments… More
Dan Schultz
An original though detached and shallow study of the economic meltdown of 2008, seen through the lenses of a New York call girl (Sasha Grey), and how she deals… More
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What a disappointment. The film comes over as having had no script to begin with. Everybody's chit-chatting along, the camera (manned by the man himself -… More