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Lovelace Reviews

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Courtney Duckworth
Film Comment Magazine
November 4, 2013
By aiming for the audience's sympathy, Lovelace tidies and ultimately silences the star it tries to redeem.
Travis Hopson
October 5, 2013
The campy script gives way to campy performances from a plethora of celebrities making distracting cameos.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Melissa Maerz
Entertainment Weekly
August 7, 2013
Reduces her troubled life to scenes of sex and violence so cartoonish they should've been relegated to a hair-metal video.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jessica Kiang
The Playlist
August 9, 2013
Seyfried's Lovelace gets a lot of screen time, but rarely to herself. Instead she's there for things to happen to...What does Lovelace tell us about Linda Lovelace that is not already part of the public domain? Not a lot, really.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jonathan Lack
We Got This Covered
August 8, 2013
Lovelace is one of the fluffiest, least substantive biopics I've ever seen, and I am baffled the film made it through the scripting and production phases without anyone ever once bothering to ask "for what exact purpose are we making this movie?"
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
August 23, 2013
This is less a film about Linda Boreman than a film about stuff that happened to Linda Boreman.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Monica Castillo
Bitch Media
May 10, 2016
Lovelace isn't a catalyst; it's just another unchallenging fantasy.
Monica Castillo
Paste Magazine
August 22, 2013
Lovelace packs in a cavalcade of stars, including Juno Temple, James Franco and Sharon Stone, but doesn't exactly know how to use them.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.1/10
Simon Miraudo
June 10, 2013
Call it Rashoporn if you like; it still feels like a superficial examination of an interesting time and subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 16, 2013
...the film is all surface, despite some hard work from an overqualified cast that unfortunately seems not to have been given a key note to tune to.
Full Review | Original Score: 83/100
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
August 23, 2013
An explicit, depressing study of human sadness that goes beyond the melancholy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
August 12, 2013
Unfortunately, most of Lovelace is more generic and familiar, right down to the too-neat happy ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Simon Foster
June 11, 2013
Given content that screamed out for a vital, 'Boogie Nights'-style treatment, what we get is a workmanlike biopic that feels TV-safe rather than big-screen daring.
Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto
August 8, 2013
Apparently the filmmakers think Lovelace's story is good enough to be exploited, again, but identifying with her would be too much to swallow.
| Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 9, 2013
Seyfried's haunted performance is terrific, but the movie is a mess.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Todd Gilchrist
August 16, 2013
"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.
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
June 5, 2013
Fine performances and sharp attention to period detail are not enough to save Lovelace from the doldrums of mediocre biopic filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
June 27, 2014
Ironically, even a movie about Linda Lovelace's rather sad life uses her more for her body than her character.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
July 26, 2013
Lost in the music, mustaches, and furniture of the early '70s, this docudrama of a porn star's exploitation isn't nearly painful enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Bill Gibron
August 9, 2013
Perhaps there was nothing more to this woman's storied stardom. If that's the case, maybe Lovelace didn't need to be made at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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