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Lovelace Reviews

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David Denby
New Yorker
September 2, 2013
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 ...
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Anna Smith
Time Out
August 21, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Todd Gilchrist
TheWrap
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.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 14, 2013
Lovelace bids to whip up hot indignation about an outrage four decades old. Instead, it provokes dismay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
August 9, 2013
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.
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Steven Boone
RogerEbert.com
August 9, 2013
Scattered moments of heat and light just don't add up to a forceful or vital movie about a subject that deserves one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
August 9, 2013
Directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman settle for a titillating, exploitative snapshot instead of a fully rounded portrait.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 9, 2013
The familiar arc is complete, the grisly elements all ring true. But somehow it all feels too surface, too easy. Why, why, why? There must have been more.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 9, 2013
It has a pair of terrific performances at its center, and an intriguing story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
August 8, 2013
Lovelace" is a well-made but grim film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 8, 2013
There's a lot in this story about victimization and agency that Mr. Epstein and Mr. Friedman never satisfactorily address.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 8, 2013
Co-directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman never quite pull it off - although you can see how they might have.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 8, 2013
A timid gloss on a hardcore subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 8, 2013
Epstein and Friedman opt for the most broadly entertaining and salacious details about the 1972 porn film, giving short shrift to Lovelace's complicated contradictions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 8, 2013
The superficial script doesn't go nearly deep enough to begin explaining Lovelace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
August 8, 2013
This movie is short on nuance, but at least it treats Lovelace with a respect she didn't often find in her difficult life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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August 8, 2013
Ultimately, the movie relies as heavily as any porn feature on its intrepid female lead. Rather than exploiting Seyfried, however, Lovelace just sort of wastes her.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
August 8, 2013
Its maudlin third act mars what is, for much of the film, a pretty nuanced and well-acted biopic, as well as something of a cultural critique.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
August 8, 2013
Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman spin two versions of the story of the ingénue who starred in the most successful porn film of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
August 8, 2013
With the exception of good-natured porn vet Harry Reems (Adam Brody), everyone here is out to tear a piece off Linda Lovelace, whoever she was: Messrs. Epstein and Friedman don't really get to what made her tick, although one can guess.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 8, 2013
Compelling, in its way, but you can't help thinking there is more to the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 8, 2013
The whole story, in just five words: Linda met the wrong guy. A miserable, dispiriting story, but done so well that the experience is galvanizing, not depressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 8, 2013
The re-creations of the era are artful, and the acting's strong. Seyfried and Sarsgaard have a lot to play, and attack the material fiercely and honestly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 8, 2013
Amanda Seyfried looks ripe to take on the life of Linda Lovelace, the Deep Throat blow-job queen who made porn accessible to 1970s America.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ben Kenigsberg
AV Club
August 8, 2013
Actually playing up the story's tabloid splashiness, only to lay on the scold later, seems like a case of having one's cake and eating it, too-not to mention a bit cheap.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 7, 2013
Seyfried's performance is worth the price of admission. But Linda Lovelace deserved something more.
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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
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David Thomson
The New Republic
August 7, 2013
It is made by documentarians who show more concern for feminism than for fiction or fantasy.
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Amy Nicholson
Village Voice
August 7, 2013
With Deep Throat on DVD, it's still possible to see every inch of Linda Lovelace without ever seeing the woman herself in focus. Lovelace, ahem, blows it.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
August 6, 2013
Don't look to this skin-deep biopic to offer any insights beyond the head-slappingly superficial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 5, 2013
Lovelace is a respectable job, but it never goes deep.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
January 23, 2013
Smartly done account of the trials and tribulations of the first porn star.
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Rob Nelson
Variety
January 23, 2013
Reducing an immensely disturbing, politically byzantine tale to a series of cartoonish vignettes, this celeb-studded biopic squanders a gutsy performance by Amanda Seyfried.