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Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard do their best with the material, but Lovelace lacks enough depth and conviction to truly do its fascinating subject justice.



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In 1972-before the internet, before the porn explosion-Deep Throat was a phenomenon: the first scripted pornographic theatrical feature film, featuring a story, some jokes, and an unknown and unlikely star, Linda Lovelace. Escaping a strict religious family, Linda discovered freedom and the highlife when she fell for and married charismatic hustler Chuck Traynor. As Linda Lovelace she became an international sensation-less centerfold fantasy than a charming girl-next-door with an impressive capacity for fellatio. Fully inhabiting her new identity, Linda became an enthusiastic spokesperson for sexual freedom and uninhibited hedonism. Six years later she presented another, utterly contradictory, narrative to the world-and herself as the survivor of a far darker story. (c) TWC-Radius

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Amanda Seyfried
as Linda Boreman/Lovelace/Marchiano
Peter Sarsgaard
as Chuck Traynor
Hank Azaria
as Gerry Damiano
Sharon Stone
as Dorothy Boreman
Robert Patrick
as John Boreman
Bobby Cannavale
as Butchie Peraino
Adam Brody
as Harry Reems
Chloë Sevigny
as Female Journalist
James Franco
as Hugh Hefner
Wes Bentley
as Thomas - Photographer
Eric Roberts
as Nat Laurendi
Ronald Pritchard
as Sammy Davis, Jr.
Frank Clem
as Moonlight Roller Rink Manager
Chris Noth
as Anthony Romano
Carrick Moore Gerety
as Moonlight Roller Rink Band
Austin Williams
as Moonlight Roller Rink Band
Trevor Faris
as Moonlight Roller Rink Band
Gaston Willig
as Beach Hippy Guitar Player
Brian Gattas
as Robert - Deep Throat Sound Man
Cory Hardrict
as Frankie Crocker
Peter Asle Holden
as Alex - Medical Salesman
Sofia Karstens
as Piano Singer
Don R. McManus
as Arty Shapiro
Adam Tomei
as LA Sheriff #1
Lou Richards
as Senator Specter
Sandy Martin
as Ticket Lady
Lauren Fray
as Playmate
Nicole Andrews
as Sexy Nurse
Kristian Lupo
as Anthony's Goon
Arthur Eric Hunter
as Keith - Long Haired Guy
Shira Vilensky
as Hippy Girl
Soumaya Akaaboune
as Feminist #1
Simona Williams
as Feminist #2
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Critic Reviews for Lovelace

All Critics (128) | Top Critics (35)

Seyfried, with her huge features crowding her small face, looks like Alice in a very strange Wonderland. But whatever possibilities she may have as an actress are eradicated by the filmmakers ...

Sep 2, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Lovelace may be a little contrived and unoriginal as drama, but it's a useful exercise in de-sentimentalisation.

Aug 22, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Linda's feelings are rarely revealed: that's left to the gloomy final act, which feels more like a guilt-inducing postscript than a genuine reveal.

Aug 21, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

"Lovelace" becomes too distracted by industry politics and the cultural context of the film's release to provide more than a snapshot of her life either before or after she stepped in front of a camera.

Aug 16, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Unfortunately, most of Lovelace is more generic and familiar, right down to the too-neat happy ending.

Aug 12, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

This drama from codirectors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman is so respectful of 70s porn sensation Linda Lovelace that instead of humanizing the Deep Throat star, it reduces her to one dimension: victim.

Aug 9, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lovelace

Lackluster outing with a Jerry Springer vibe as the nice girl next door marries a pervy creep who essentially pimps her out, not missing a chance to twirl his moustaches nefariously. These caricatures limit the feature and render the ending a foregone conclusion disappointingly.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


I did not know that Lovelace's story, especially her involvement with the classic porn film Deep Throat, was such a tragic story of naivety and abuse. Seyfriend entirely disappears behind her wig and make up here, giving a pretty damn convincing performance. The writing and direction could have been a little more stringent, though, making it a somewhat uneven movie. People hoping for big sex scenes will not get much out of it either.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


The most interesting thing in this solid biopic is how it shows us one side of Linda Lovelace's life and then subverts it to reveal the real dark truth behind all that we are witnessing, becoming a touching drama about a terribly unlucky woman caught in a very sad life.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Linda Lovelace's special talent propels her to stardom as she hobnobs with high culture, but her abusive husband casts a pall on the seventies era fun. This film is structured oddly. During the first hour or so, it delights in all the sex, fashion, sex, riches, and sex, and while it isn't nearly as seductive as Boogie Nights or as a wild as The Wolf of Wall Street, Amanda Seyfried's doe eyes certainly make it attractive. The second hour is dedicated to making us feel guilty about having fun. As a result the film becomes a reproach of the porn industry. This is fine, but the structure of the film seems aggressive and didactic. Peter Sarsgaard is actually bad. It's shocking, but his Ike Turner impression is cliched and without depth. Amanda Seyfried is perfect for Lovelace, but the film doesn't give her much to play with. She is allowed to be sexy, and she is; she is allowed to be a victim, and she is; she is allowed to be triumphant, and she is. But the beats between these transitions aren't fully explored. Overall, this film had a lot of potential, but it doesn't live up to it.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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