films seen
30
average score
3.05*
nationality
USA - 58 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Soderbergh alternates between indie and big budget cinema with relative ease and even manages to be successful in both. Any director who regularly challenges the industry, the audience and himself deserves the proper respect.

The good stuff

Traffic

by Steven Soderbergh
Specifics
2000 / 147m - USA, Germany
Genre
Drama, Thriller, Crime
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
Traffic poster

The Limey

by Steven Soderbergh
Specifics
1999 / 89m - USA
Genre
Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Crime
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
The Limey poster

Sex, Lies, and Videotape

by Steven Soderbergh
Specifics
1989 / 100m - USA
Genre
Drama
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
Sex, Lies, and Videotape poster

Schizopolis

by Steven Soderbergh
Specifics
1996 / 96m - USA
Genre
Comedy, Mystery
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Schizopolis poster

By far one of the craziest and weirdest films Soderbergh directed. Schizopolis is near impossible to describe, but the dry and deadpan comedy that strips away the layer of decency built up by our society is a joy to behold. A tad long maybe, but that's hardly an issue when there's so much originality and creativity on display.

Solid pieces

High Flying Bird

by Steven Soderbergh
Specifics
2019 / 90m - USA
Genre
Drama, Sport
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
High Flying Bird poster

You'd be forgiven for thinking this is a boring and insignificant film, but as time passes Soderbergh talent starts to shine through. What is essentially a very simple story becomes fun and intriguing. Well acted, Soderbergh's direction is strong and the whole phone cinematography thing transcends its gimmicky nature.

The Laundromat

by Steven Soderbergh
Specifics
2019 / 95m - USA
Genre
Comedy
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Laundromat poster

Fun and quirky take on the Panama Papers scandal. In the same vein as McKay's The Big Short, Soderbergh tackles a pretty complex and dry subject in an accessible and amusing way. With a star-studded cast and plenty of flair, he turns what could've been a dull and lifeless affair into an extremely watchable film.

Logan Lucky

by Steven Soderbergh
Specifics
2017 / 118m - USA
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Logan Lucky poster

Side Effects

by Steven Soderbergh
Specifics
2013 / 106m - USA
Genre
Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Side Effects poster

Ocean's Thirteen

by Steven Soderbergh
Specifics
2007 / 122m - USA
Genre
Thriller, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Ocean's Thirteen poster

Bubble

by Steven Soderbergh
Specifics
2005 / 73m - USA
Genre
Drama, Mystery, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Bubble poster

Eros

by Michelangelo Antonioni, Steven Soderbergh, Kar-Wai Wong
Specifics
2004 / 104m - Hong Kong, USA
Genre
Drama, Romance
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Eros poster

Gray's Anatomy

by Steven Soderbergh
Specifics
1996 / 80m - USA, UK
Genre
Comedy, Drama
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Gray's Anatomy poster

Solaris

by Steven Soderbergh
Specifics
2002 / 99m - USA
Genre
Sci-fi, Romance
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Solaris poster

This is Soderbergh's adaptation of Lem's novel, not Soderbergh's remake of Tarkovsky's film. And that's a good thing really, since I'm not a big fan of Tarkovsky's sci-fi. The first time I watched Solaris I was really blown away by it, watching it again it's still a strong film, but it clearly lost some of its charm over time.

Chris is a psychiatrist who is called to help out with a mission near the planet Solaris. A crew has gone haywire over there and missions to retrieve them have all failed. When Chris arrives at the space station, he finds only two survivors. After staying the night, it becomes clear what kind of dangers they're up against.

The atmosphere is thick and brooding, but also a little cold and detached. Stylistically, Solaris has lost a bit of its shine, the soundtrack in particular felt a bit too bombastic. Performances are good, the mystery is intriguing and the pacing is apt, it's just that little extra polish that lacks to make this a true personal favorite.

The inoffensive

Unsane

by Steven Soderbergh
Specifics
2018 / 98m - USA
Genre
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Unsane poster

Decent Soderbergh. Unsane delivers a nice spin on the horror genre, with a premise that is dark and grim, but in a very down-to-earth way. Sadly the "shot on iPhone" novelty doesn't bring too much to the table. Would've worked better as a traditionally shot film, but still worth a gamble.

Contagion

by Steven Soderbergh
Specifics
2011 / 106m - USA, United Arab Emirates
Genre
Drama, Action, Thriller
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Contagion poster

The Girlfriend Experience

by Steven Soderbergh
Specifics
2009 / 77m - USA
Genre
Drama
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
The Girlfriend Experience poster

One of Soderbergh's indie projects. A small but genuine and candid drama about a high class call girl trying to balance her work with a relationship. The acting is decent, the cinematography is intimate and the film doesn't overstay its welcome. It's nothing out of the ordinary, just a solid and well-made film.

The Informant!

by Steven Soderbergh
Specifics
2009 / 108m - USA
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Crime, Biography
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
The Informant! poster

Che: Part One

by Steven Soderbergh
Specifics
2008 / 134m - USA, France
Genre
Drama, War, Biography, History
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Che: Part One poster

Ocean's Twelve

by Steven Soderbergh
Specifics
2004 / 125m - USA
Genre
Thriller, Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Ocean's Twelve poster

Full Frontal

by Steven Soderbergh
Specifics
2002 / 101m - USA
Genre
Comedy, Romance
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Full Frontal poster

Ocean's Eleven

by Steven Soderbergh
Specifics
2001 / 116m - USA
Genre
Thriller, Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Ocean's Eleven poster

Out of Sight

by Steven Soderbergh
Specifics
1998 / 123m - USA
Genre
Drama, Romance, Thriller, Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Out of Sight poster

Worthy but flawed

Let Them All Talk

by Steven Soderbergh
Specifics
2020 / 113m - USA
Genre
Drama
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Let Them All Talk poster

Soderbergh's latest is a streaming exclusive. That's a little disappointing maybe, but I'm glad he's at least back to directing films. While he hasn't lost his flair as a director, Let Them All Talk felt a bit overripe. It's probably the topic that didn't really appeal to me, still I was hoping for something a little livelier.

Alice is a renowned writer who has been selected to receive a rare literary prize. The only problem is that she won't fly, so she has to take the boat from the US to England to receive the prize. She invites two of her old friends, and her younger nephew for support. During the trip the three women catch up with each other, while Alice's nephew becomes infatuated with Alice's literary agent.

Performances are a bit colorless, the conversations are rather dry and the drama feels a bit highbrow. The cinematography is nice enough and there's definitely some of Soderbergh oldskool playfulness present in his direction, but that wasn't enough to keep me engaged for the entire runtime.

Haywire

by Steven Soderbergh
Specifics
2011 / 93m - USA, Ireland
Genre
Drama, Action, Thriller
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Haywire poster

And Everything Is Going Fine

by Steven Soderbergh
Specifics
2010 / 89m - USA
Genre
Documentary
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
And Everything Is Going Fine poster

Nice doc on Spalding Gray, though maybe a little too focused on his work and monologues. While they are primarily stories about himself and his family, Gray literally explains their poetic foundation, which makes them less fit for a documentary. Even so, a decent portrait of a man with an interesting life and fine career.

Kafka

by Steven Soderbergh
Specifics
1991 / 98m - USA, France
Genre
Drama, Sci-fi, Mystery, Thriller
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Kafka poster

Dubious filler

Magic Mike

by Steven Soderbergh
Specifics
2012 / 110m - USA
Genre
Comedy, Drama
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Magic Mike poster

Erin Brockovich

by Steven Soderbergh
Specifics
2000 / 131m - USA
Genre
Drama, Biography
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Erin Brockovich poster

Plain forgettable

Behind the Candelabra

by Steven Soderbergh
Specifics
2013 / 118m - USA
Genre
Drama, Romance, Biography
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Behind the Candelabra poster

The Good German

by Steven Soderbergh
Specifics
2006 / 105m - USA
Genre
Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
The Good German poster