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The Girlfriend Experience Reviews

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Chris Cabin
April 8, 2016
Despite the rampant symbolism that Soderbergh conjures and indulges, The Girlfriend Experience is not a cold or clinical film at all.
Top Critic
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 1, 2014
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.
Katherine Monk
October 1, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Asch
Stop Smiling
October 1, 2014
Given the film's timestamp and the illusory nature of Chelsea's transacted affections, she may be the Aughties bubble economy incarnate.
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
October 1, 2014
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.
Rick Kisonak
Seven Days
October 1, 2014
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
October 1, 2014
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.
Perry Seibert
TV Guide
October 1, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
October 1, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emily Breen
October 1, 2014
The Girlfriend Experience stands out as one of my favourite films this year and one I unreservedly recommend.
Craig Mathieson
October 1, 2014
This brisk study of commercial culture is nonetheless intriguing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
October 1, 2014
To be honest, Sasha Grey is a face in search of an expression and the whole movie depends on her performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Aaron Mesh
Willamette Week
October 1, 2014
The Girlfriend Experienceis a damning portrait of overindulgence, but it also manages to inspire sympathy for Sasha Grey: not by punishing her, but by gently, persistently reminding her that she became a commodity to achieve a lifestyle.
Matt Prigge
Philadelphia Weekly
October 1, 2014
Grey is no grand thespian, but she's an incredible presence: Her face projects an inner confidence while also radiating a subtle but unmistakable fragility.
| Original Score: B+
David D'Arcy
Screen International
October 1, 2014
With barely any sex on the screen, the film suggests more than it shows and, despite its small canvas, is a stylistic coup for the director's low-budget ambitions.
Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale
August 28, 2013
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.
Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 26, 2011
It's a critique of capitalism by the Ocean's auteur, no less.
July 20, 2011
The inner-self is not for sale
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dave White
April 4, 2011
[Sasha Grey] was apparently cast for her ability to disassociate from human emotion and she's perfect for the role.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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