The Look of Love Reviews

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Graham Fuller
Film Comment Magazine
November 4, 2013
Coogan's own impersonation is precise, but the melancholy that finally engulfs Raymond is beyond him.
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
James Verniere
Boston Herald
August 2, 2013
Steve Coogan's fourth collaboration with director Michael Winterbottom is a funny, visually inventive take on Britain's Hugh Hefner.
Full Review | Original Score: B plus
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
August 1, 2013
Frankly, the guy just isn't very interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
July 26, 2013
Coogan is adept at playing the cad, but Winterbottom gives him little else to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
July 25, 2013
Coogan never comes close to disappearing into the character, leaving the whole movie teetering uneasily between campy naughtiness and empathetic character study.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 18, 2013
Groovy period soundtrack aside, "The Look of Love" has almost nothing to say of any interest, importance or humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
July 17, 2013
U.K. man builds strip-club empire in tragic, mature biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
July 12, 2013
Double-billing comic and tragic tones, the biopic "The Look of Love" follows a father and a daughter over three decades in London's swinging Soho.
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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.
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
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
July 8, 2013
A character study that offers some of Steve Coogan's most interesting work and another testament to Michael Winterbottom's knack for period naturalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
July 8, 2013
A puzzlingly misconceived biopic: a tasteful, subdued movie about a man who was as tasteless and unsubdued as they come.
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
July 5, 2013
The Look of Love is the latest and -- I'm sorry to report -- the least of Coogan and Winterbottom's team-ups.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 5, 2013
Coogan turns in a fine dramatic performance in a role that calls for as much actual acting as wisecracking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 4, 2013
Compelling entertainment, as any biopic about Paul Raymond ought to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 4, 2013
A keenly observed period piece that keeps a celebrity journalist's distance from its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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