When Will I Be Loved (2004)



Critic Consensus: Neve Campbell bares all in this seemingly misogynistic trifle.

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Directed by James Toback, the erotic drama When Will I Be Loved? revolves around Vera, the debutante girlfriend (Neve Campbell) of a fast-talking hustler (Frederick Weller) who is on the verge of making millions through a big-money gambling venture. Feeling undervalued, Vera explores her sexuality through whatever means she can think of, including explicit discussions with a potential employer, picking up random men, and videotaping steamy trysts with her female lover. When Ford (Weller) proposes that Vera spend the night with Italian media mogul Count Tommaso (Dominic Chianese), who is willing to put up 100,000 dollars for the occasion, Vera concocts a scheme to show both men what her true worth really is.
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Dominic Chianese
as Count Tommaso
Karen Allen
as Alexandra
Barry Primus
as Victor
James Toback
as Professor Hassan Al-Ibrahim Ben Rabinowitz
Richard Turley
as Richard Turley
Michael Mailer
as Michael Mailer
Jason Pendergraft
as Homicide Detective
Joelle Carter
as Joelle
Megan Pepin
as Girl in Park No. 1
Damon Dash
as Damon Dash
Alex Feldman
as Young Russian Mobster
Erin Omar
as Girl in Park No. 2
Saif Tahsir
as Banker
Jean-Pierre Vertus
as Black Gay Guy
Victor Colletti
as Musician
Meredith Ostrom
as Planetarium Lady
Jamison Ernest
as Planetarium Man
Thomas Patti
as Michael
Cara Hamill
as Columbia Woman No. 1
Bridget Lee Hall
as Columbia Woman No. 2
Brandon Sommers
as Columbia Man No. 2
Oliver Grant
as Columbia Man No. 3
James Parris
as Columbia Man No. 4
Christina Rotholz
as Columbia Student
Mike Tyson
as Mike Tyson
Lori Singer
as Lori Singer
Robert Covelman
as 2nd Homicide Detective
Ashley Shelton
as Ford's Ex-Girlfriend
Michele Marie
as Girl on Dock
Luca Mosca
as Man on Dock
Emily Coker
as Girl in Park No. 3
Allessandra Stewart
as Allessandra
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Critic Reviews for When Will I Be Loved

All Critics (73) | Top Critics (29)

The slapdash plot, paper-thin characters, misogynist undertones, and mechanical crosscutting are all soft-core standbys.

Full Review… | February 12, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Not in the foreseeable future, that's when, assuming your name is James Toback and you insist on making phonily provocative movies.

August 15, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Mr. Weller's Ford Welles attains a new extreme of self-loathing on Mr. Toback's part: This compulsive chain-talker has even less charm, substance, dignity or wit than any of his self-hating predecessors.

Full Review… | October 1, 2004
New York Observer
Top Critic

Another art film that's more pretentious than it needs to be.

Full Review… | September 24, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Most atrocious movies build into their badness, as lacks of talent, ideas, self-confidence, or a total hatred of an audience, are revealed. This one gets it out of the way up front and never looks back.

Full Review… | September 24, 2004
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Like a jazz solo that touches familiar themes on its way to a triumphant and unexpected conclusion.

Full Review… | September 24, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for When Will I Be Loved


Neve Campbell plays a sexy woman in the city who tried of being neglected by her boyfriend (Frederick Weller from Plain Sight). He's always scheming on new ways to make money. He's also a cheating low life. Campbell's character cheats too but I didn't really blame her and I had no idea why she was even with him. The movie spends the first half of the movie showing that they live two totally different lives. Classical music is played when she is shown and rap is played when he is shown. It does work at first but then it switches back and forth between them for a whole half hour of rap and classical music being switched back and forth..... So, that was a bit annoying. We get it, they live two totally different lives. While Fred Weller was just annoying which made me glad she wanted to double cross his character. He deserved it, he was a jerk. I don't know why Roger Ebert gave the movie for stars but he was the only person. I guess he was thinking with his hormones since Campbell is shown nude in the shower for the first 3 minutes. She is sexy and should be in more movies but she is way above this movie. She is at least the only good thing about it. No, not because they show her naked, well not only anyway lol. She also gives a good performance.

Jim Woehr
Jim Woehr

Super Reviewer


Interesting film, Neve Campbell puts on a great performance in this enigmatic independent film.

Chosen 718
Chosen 718

Super Reviewer

Compelling and pretensious, but Neve Campbell gives one of her best performances.

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

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