Saw it at Montreal's cinematheque: probably the greatest happening/improvisational Masterpiece ever made. I got to thanks the MoMA for the lend these gorgeous copies of 35mm. The experience was very masochism (half of the full room was empty at the end). You can't watch this film in your tv. you must live in theatre. The film is for me an interrogation about spectatorship, voyeurism and performance. Stunning.
As a "movie", it's awful. The one take, amatuer style & split screen get old fast. Warhol's "Superstars" are very obnoxious; their drug addled rants and constant profanity not realy going anywhere interesting. It has some merit documenting the 60's Queer scene in New York, otherwise I wouldn't recommend seeing more than a few clips on YouTube if you're curious. I saw 90 minutes, don't find much point seeing any more.
I actually loved it than what I expected to be. Warhol made better underground films than his art. The Chelsea Girls is a masterpiece of the cinema, which can not be explained, but experienced. It draws you into this new realm and, when you least expect it, you are thrown right back out..
Alternately interesting and tedious. The split screen effect was cool, some of the dialogue was interesting and funny and it's a good document of the scene. On the other hand a lot of it was frequently tedious due to the scenes going on and on and the people being quite boring a lot of the time. Maybe the tedium is intended. Still really glad I got the chance to see it and I might up the rating at some point.