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  • Summary: In 1972—before the internet, before the porn explosion—Deep Throat was a phenomenon: the first scripted pornographic theatrical feature film, featuring a story, some jokes, and an unknown and unlikely star, Linda Lovelace. Escaping a strict religious family, Linda discovered freedom and the high-life when she fell for and married charismatic hustler Chuck Traynor. As Linda Lovelace she became an international sensation—less centerfold fantasy than a charming girl-next-door with an impressive capacity for fellatio. Fully inhabiting her new identity, Linda became an enthusiastic spokesperson for sexual freedom and uninhibited hedonism. Six years later she presented another narrative to the world—herself as the survivor of a far darker story. [RADiUS-TWC] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 37
  2. Negative: 4 out of 37
  1. Reviewed by: Drew Grant
    Aug 6, 2013
    Lovelace may be a movie about a porn star, but it’s not pornographic. At least, not sexually.
  2. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Aug 8, 2013
    Lovelace finds a fresh take on familiar material, but the film is also distinguished by its focus and intensity.
  3. 63
    It’s too short to do justice to its subject, but in an era when young women build careers and get rich off “secret” sex tapes that somehow make their way onto the Internet, maybe that’s all this subject deserves. Lovelace was but an aberration, an amusing, then quaintly grim footnote on our way to a Paris Hilton/Kim Kardashian future.
  4. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Aug 6, 2013
    The pleasures of Lovelace are in its casting choices, allowing a brio trio like Sarsgaard, Hank Azaria and Bobby Cannavale to sleaze up a pivotal scene, and an unrecognizable Sharon Stone to go full Jessica Lange as Linda's shamed mother.
  5. Reviewed by: Steven Boone
    Aug 9, 2013
    This film is told in sympathy with the Linda Lovelace who reclaimed her real name, Linda Boreman, and became a feminist anti-porn activist years after her sole porn credit. Unfortunately, despite its passion and purpose, it's executed with so many wrong, false, stale and routine creative decisions that it runs aground by the time Muppet Babies Hef saunters in.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Aug 8, 2013
    Seyfried’s performance is worth the price of admission. But Linda Lovelace deserved something more.
  7. Reviewed by: Adam Nayman
    Aug 8, 2013
    The scenes of Traynor threatening and battering his wife feel just as phony and unconvincing as the sunnier stuff that preceded them, partly because Sarsgaard – usually a fine and subtle actor – flies so over the top in his depiction of a creepy Svengali.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Feb 1, 2014
    This movie was outstanding. Thats right, I said it. Outstanding. What this girl went through was horrific. This movie was too underrated and should have been revered more by Hollywood alumns. I was impressed by all of the performances. Knockout cast. I was so into it I was crying 15 minutes after the movie ended. I know this is just an opinion, but I highly recommend this movie for everyone. A piece of history that carries more weight than I ever would have imagined before watching. Kudos to the writer, producers, director, and performers. Thank you for sharing a hard, brutal reality. I am grateful. Expand
  2. Oct 19, 2013
    Absolutely superb casting and acting. A powerful depiction of domestic violence, intimidation, and the darkness behind the scenes of the industry. Excellent and tasteful use of flashback techniques. This movie's reception by "critics" has been unjustly harsh; go see it for yourself and ignore the Metacritic score. Collapse
  3. Dec 7, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It is a biographical drama of the number one adult movie star of the 70s, Linda Lovelace. The movie unfolds her life story that happened between the age 20 to 32. It briefs her struggle in the married life till her first appearance on the silver screen in a movie called 'Deep Throat'. I could have liked more if the movie would have the original cast Kate Hudson and James Franco as planned instead Amanda Seyfried. Nonetheless, it is a cool movie about a true story. To me what's important is the message to reach everybody than the technical and cast issues.

    Linda is from a decent respected family who is attracted to Chuck, a guy she meets in a pub. Instantly they decide to get marry against her parents will. After the marriage, she is not permitted to interfere into her husbands business, in fact she does not know anything about it. Once Chuck gets into a severe trouble in his business the couple loose everything they had. So then he decides to put Linda into an audition for a movie in the lead role. Everything goes as planned, in one movie and it's success they begin to reclaim their position in life. Now as a popular celebrity in the country, what Linda decides about her future is the rest of the story.

    Amanda Seyfried was excellent as Linda Lovelace, she exceeded all my expectation and so the Peter Sarsgard. In the initial parts I almost started to dislike the movie because I thought it was travelling in one direction which I was not happy about. In half way the movie begins to explain in different perspective of the same story and that is where it almost convinces the audience. Still a few things need proper explanation especially her relationship with Marchiano. I believe they are not planning for a sequel to brief her second marriage and rest of the life till she dies. The movie had few nudes but no sexual interactions. It describes more on the emotional side than her professional stuffs. In the end this is about a real person's good and bad where we can learn something from their mistakes. Overall, it is a one time watchable biopic.
  4. Aug 10, 2013
    Linda Lovelace (Amanda Seyfried) was the most famous porn star and her movie "Deep Throat" was the biggest grossing XXX ever. This biopic starts with the passionate, wide-eyed, exciting version of her story, but switches halfway thru to reveal the truth: her husband (Peter Sarsgaard) pimped her out and abused her. This dark and unfortunate film has a strong cast (Sharon Stone & Robert Patrick have the most touching scenes as her parents) and lots of garish '70s style. While it's relentlessly cruel, it never conjures up much sympathy. It's an over-the-top biopic that's more instructional than emotional. Expand
  5. May 23, 2014
    Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgard put on great performances but the movie is suffers from some elements from its script and it can be better. But the performances by its lead stars were great Expand
  6. Aug 14, 2013
    It is not a bad but also not a good movie. It's pretty much a 'meh'-movie.
    The biggest problem is the sweet sweet irony because while trying
    to show us that a prude society can't be one that makes sexuality safe, this film is terribly prude and (probably) unwillingly scandalizes sex itself.
    It is also a shame that Amanda Seyfried is unable to capture any of Lovelace's fabled screen presence and leaves the character rather bland and one-dimensional.
    it is not a terrible watch but it also doesn't add anything new to..well...anything.
  7. Aug 15, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Nothing interesting that hasnt already been said is shown in this movie. The characterizations are shallow and the movie basically repeats itself at midway point. avoid!!!! amanda seyfried is wasted in this movie! Expand

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