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Based on 26 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 5 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Stylishly shot on the high-def cheap, runs 77 potently sexless minutes. Its subject isn't erotica, it's commodities trading. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The smartest thing director Steven Soderbergh did in the making of The Girlfriend Experience was to cast Sasha Grey. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    It's hampered by a listless quality and a one-note performance by porn-star-turned-actress Sasha Grey. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Moderately compelling and clinical. This isn't "Breakfast at Tiffany's"; this isn't even "Klute." show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Nowhere near as kinky or thinky as Soderbergh’s "sex, lies and videotape," Girlfriend pretends it has more on its mind than it really does. show more

  • 60
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    The effect is impressionistic and provocative, with the emphasis falling differently on scenes because of our knowledge or lack thereof. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This film is true about human nature. It is not universal, but within its particular focus, it is unrelenting. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Fair warning: I had to see The Girlfriend Experience twice before its pieces settled into coherent shape. show more

  • 75
    TV Guide

    Stands among the best of Soderbergh's many "little" films, where he recharges his artistic batteries and tries out new techniques before jumping back into the world of big budgets and superstars. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    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. show more

  • June 11, 2009 heysessa
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    I ************ “The Girlfriend Experience”, my first venture into “pay for view” on TV. What an interesting film. So permeated with the angst of modern life. Recent history with its references to the recent election and the financial melt down. You know both are taking place somewhere off screen but you, the viewer are caught up in the lives of Christine and her boyfriend, both for hire to decorate the lives of the wealthy needy. Christine has a hard little face that she can soften with her youth, at will. Close ups reveal more that is distasteful, a square jaw, a deep crease in one corner of her mouth, a scar on her nose. Your mind jumps ahead. Where is this life going? What will she look like in five years, ten? Both characters are trying to maximize their earning power. “Work for the night is coming.” To wheel and deal, they have to step out of the chameleon mode and reveal themselves, which is distasteful to the people who are casting them in the image that serves their needs. The whole mood changes as you accompany them on these forays into the domain of another level of exploitation. There is the Gym owner who wants the boyfriend, personal trainer, to give up his individuality and wear the packaging of the Gym. There is the Pimp who wants to take Christine to Dubai. These folks are the real scary ones. You can tell they have seen Christine and her Boyfriend before and used them well before tossing them aside. There is a wealth of thought and comment in this film. Are we really this far of track in modern life? Is this what we have exchanged for the life of a Farmer? Factory worker? Do we live this much in the mom

  • June 10, 2009 Ann Garro
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    If this had been called a documentary, I might have enjoyed it, but as a motion picture, it was a bust. (Not meant as a pun). It was a real snorer and most people around me were watching with their eyes closed. I give this a "no star rating"

  • May 31, 2009 Kadogear
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    Technically beautiful, this movie is full of beautiful but souless people for whom advancing their own agenda seems to be the only point. The time frame is the very recent past, with economic collapse looming; all of the characters seem to be scurrying to gain a foothold. I could have easily sympathized with this if any of them had been less than despicable. The action (or non-action) was agonizing slow. I hadn't expected a movie about sex and money to be so boring. I get the message. I just didn't find it entertaining on any level. I kind of wish we'd gone to see "Drag me to Hell", like my friend wanted to.

  • May 30, 2009 EngelhardtEMT
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    The Girlfriend Experience sounds like it could be interesting but isn't. The storyline never goes anywhere and the acting is poor by most of the actors in the movie. Also the ending is bad, nothi happened. This movie never makes up its mind about weather it wants to be a scripted documentary or a movie. Don't waste your time on this

  • May 24, 2009 Ann
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    The movie is boring, slow, and based on a sickening subject

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