The Look of Love Reviews

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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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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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-
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
July 3, 2013
A curiously uninvolving affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 3, 2013
Ultimately more compelling as a long, colorful look at Swinging London in the 1960s than as autobiographical drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
July 2, 2013
Zippy and saturated with soft-core nudity, The Look of Love isn't hard to watch ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
April 24, 2013
There's something a bit over-familiar here - in a solidly entertaining, made-for-telly, nothing-we-haven't-seen-before, way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
January 22, 2013
Steve Coogan's performance is consistently amusing, but the poignant dimensions the director appears to be seeking don't quite come together.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
January 22, 2013
Though all the performances are very good, much of Look's entertainment value comes from an impressive tech package that captures the shifting fashions of swinger-favored pop-culture garishness over the pic's roughly 25-year period.