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88 Ratings

The Girlfriend Experience

United States, 2016
TV Series, Drama


The series stars Riley Keough as Christine Reade, a law student intern who also works as a high-end escort. Executive produced by Steven Soderbergh, it is based on the 2009 film of the same name.

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The Girlfriend Experience Directed by Lodge Kerrigan, Amy Seimetz

Awards & Festivals

Golden Globes (USA)

2017 | Nominee: Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Gotham Awards

2016 | Nominee: Breakthrough Series - Long Form

In its serialized form, The Girlfriend Experience is practically obligated by market demands to generate narrative momentum and spectator involvement, and it’s here that Seimetz and Kerrigan bring a crafty spin that both satisfies and complicates expectations.
August 10, 2016
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There are questions left unanswered, but no existential mysteries. The images have a cinematographic character, but they themselves have no independent identity: they’re unified in tone, décor, and mood, as if by a look book. There’s no spontaneity whatsoever to be found anywhere in the six hours of the show. “The Girlfriend Experience” is itself not an experience at all.
April 13, 2016
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Kerrigan and Seimetz, two independent filmmakers overseeing a mainstream project for the first time in their careers, walk a tonal tightrope. They clearly don’t wish to fall into the moralizing trap of judging Christine, or pitying her, by providing a pat “explanation” for her attraction to the sex trade. Instead, they settle on an aura of erotic melancholia that plays to their own gifts for behavioral portraiture while honoring the broad tropes of the corporate sex thriller.
April 13, 2016
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