The Look of Love Reviews

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Philip French
Observer [UK]
April 28, 2013
A disappointingly crude and shallow biography ...
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
April 26, 2013
This version of the baron isn't even allowed to become anything so interesting as an enigma. It's Steve Coogan - only less so.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
April 26, 2013
It's more than a disappointment -- it's a puzzlement. How did Michael Winterbottom, who's made so many intriguing movies that veer well away from the cautious, make a film so tediously conservative...?
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
April 26, 2013
Michael Winterbottom vividly recreates swinging 1960s London in this biopic about one of Soho's most notorious figures. It's a lively and attention-grabbing film, but the cast and filmmakers never create a character we can identify with or care about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
April 26, 2013
The net result might be an over-stretched story lacking in drama and tension, but it's also a good period study with a fine central performance from the maturing Coogan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
April 25, 2013
Director Michael Winterbottom has achieved the impossible: he has made a biopic of Paul Raymond, Britain's most colourful porn baron, that's unobservant, unerotic and dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
April 25, 2013
Steve Coogan delivers a knock-out performance that renders the central figure in all of his complexity - at once admirable, deplorable and pitiable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
April 25, 2013
This is a shallow but watchable movie, and it nicely conveys the world of semi-respectable Soho porn, sadder and tattier than its sleazier end, with its desperate champagne lunches and dreary afternoon hangovers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
April 25, 2013
It's all basically a way of getting some exceptionally nice knockers onto the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
April 25, 2013
If Raymond remains elusive his daughter Debbie blazes with an intensity that elevates the picture into much more dramatic and disturbing territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Fairclough
Little White Lies
April 25, 2013
Raymond would probably have approved - which might not be such a good thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
April 24, 2013
Paints a profoundly sad portrait of a fascinating Soho figure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Damon Smith
Birmingham Post
April 24, 2013
Quips aside, there's a disappointing lack of depth to the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10

Sky Movies
April 24, 2013
Devastating proof that money can't buy you happiness is delivered in this chronicle of the life of British porn baron and property emperor Paul Raymond.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Bonner
Uncut Magazine [UK]
April 24, 2013
As per previous Winterbottom/Coogan collaborations, the vibe here is loose and episodic.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Top Critic
Cath Clarke
Time Out
April 24, 2013
There's something a bit over-familiar here - in a solidly entertaining, made-for-telly, nothing-we-haven't-seen-before, way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andy Lea
Daily Star
April 23, 2013
Coogan puts in a restrained turn as the puddle-deep soft porn billionaire who only occasionally brings to mind a certain Norfolk DJ. But he's such a cold fish it's hard to care about his impending fall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dan Jolin
Empire Magazine
April 22, 2013
A solid, straightforward biopic about a fascinating individual and his destructive relationships, with strong performances and a healthy sense of naffness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
April 22, 2013
The unavoidable flickers of Alan Partridge often shine through, but that doesn't hinder Coogan from being an excellent, avuncular guide for this tour through the life of a man once dubbed The King of Soho.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Sexton
This is London
April 19, 2013
The Soho of the Seventies is lovingly recreated, Coogan sports a truly dreadful mullet, and there's a lovely cameo by David Walliams as a salacious vicar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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