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The Look of Love Reviews

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Curtis Woloschuk
Willamette Week
July 23, 2013
It's a case of "fourth time unlucky" for frequent collaborators Michael Winterbottom and Steve Coogan. Well, "uninspired" might be more accurate.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Rodrigo Perez
The Playlist
July 3, 2013
While stylishly capturing the verve, exotica, and free-spirited mojo of swinging '60s London, uber-prolific English director Michael Winterbottom's portrait of legendary U.K. smut impresario Paul Raymond is otherwise a shallow misfire.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Meredith Borders
April 3, 2013
It's an enjoyable way to spend a couple hours. But don't expect to learn anything deeper of Raymond's life than what can be gleaned from his Wikipedia page.
Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine
July 3, 2013
With its softened edges, bland aftertaste, and watered-down distillation of Raymond's life and career, Michael Winterbottom's film represents the house champagne of biographical cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Hannah McGill
The List
February 26, 2013
A clear precursor to this film is Milos Forman's The People vs. Larry Flynt, but the depth and ambiguity that film brought to its amiable monster of a protagonist just doesn't kick in here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Sam Adams
AV Club
July 4, 2013
Not only is Coogan not pushing himself, he often seems barely engaged, playing Raymond as a man of less than life size.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 19, 2013
It's structured around the question, "What went wrong?" but we can guess the answer about five minutes into the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Barsanti
Film Racket
July 2, 2013
in tackling a fascinating character like Raymond, Coogan may have just turned him into another Steve Coogan character
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
July 2, 2013
Coogan's portrayal is heartfelt, but The Look of Love rarely exploits its star's comedic dexterity.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
June 22, 2013
Biographies are of great interest if they illuminate their subject and reveal layers, complexities, contradictions and weaknesses in a coherent story. This one is not quite all that
Erik Childress
Film Threat
January 29, 2013
he Look of Love forgets all the other senses when it comes to getting what makes Paul Raymond so fascinating, desensitizing us to caring even less about him than the 60th breast that flashes across the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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...?
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 5, 2013
[Winterbottom] never really illuminates the man - or helps explain the fixed, intensely probing gaze of that title.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
July 3, 2013
A curiously uninvolving affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 10, 2013
The Look of Love comes off as an extremely standard biopic that seems to have emerged directly from a template for such films...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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Dana Stevens
July 8, 2013
A puzzlingly misconceived biopic: a tasteful, subdued movie about a man who was as tasteless and unsubdued as they come.
Mike D'Angelo
The Dissolve
July 11, 2013
Maybe there was a time when just boobs and money were sufficient to entertain. Not anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 11, 2013
Director Michael Winterbottom and screenwriter Matt Greenhalgh provide the essential outline of Raymond's story, but they're a little too preoccupied with its glitzy aspects.
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
July 2, 2013
The Look of Love stays on the surface, and since decadence no longer shocks or even titillates, that surface has lost its luster.
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