Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Sebastian Doggart
    Jun 18, 2013
    80
    It’s funny and touching, but feels like a missed opportunity.
  2. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    Jul 16, 2013
    75
    In his press notes, Winterbottom adds: “We didn’t make the moral too obvious, or too heavy-handed.” And they don’t. But the bottom line is unmistakable.
  3. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Jun 18, 2013
    70
    Michael Winterbottom and Steve Coogan's fourth feature collaboration is a vivid period whirlwind that impressively showcases the comic thesp's more dramatic side.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Aug 3, 2013
    63
    Although Raymond’s career extended over five decades of London sleaze, decadence, and celebrity, neither director nor actor provide much insight into the man or his times, not to mention the significance of Raymond’s prime product.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Jul 5, 2013
    63
    The Look of Love also is filled with acres and acres of naked flesh, but it’s the storytelling that keeps you engaged.
  6. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jul 4, 2013
    63
    Coogan is often very funny as the libertine Raymond, whose real estate holdings made him one of the UK’s richest men at the time of his death in 2006. But tragedy simply is beyond his range at this point.
  7. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jul 4, 2013
    60
    Had The Look of Love focused more acutely on the father-daughter relationship or explored Mr. Raymond’s relationships with his two sons, only one of whom appears briefly, it might have amounted to something more substantial than a keenly observed period piece that keeps a celebrity journalist’s distance from its subject.
  8. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jul 4, 2013
    60
    It’s still compelling entertainment, as any biopic about Paul Raymond ought to be. Though nearly unknown in the U.S., Raymond was a famous figure in his native Britain, a flashy combination of Donald Trump and Hugh Hefner.
  9. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Jul 3, 2013
    60
    Skims a host of provocative surfaces without truly dissecting the self-absorbed playboy.
  10. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Jul 3, 2013
    60
    Winterbottom's 2004 film "9 Songs" is the most sexually explicit picture ever to get general release in Britain. Oddly, given its subject matter, The Look of Love turns out to be much tamer; as Raymond's shows and magazines become raunchier, the director sidesteps or actively censors the steamiest material.
  11. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jul 2, 2013
    60
    Zippy and saturated with soft-core nudity, The Look of Love isn’t hard to watch, especially when statuesque Tamsin Egerton enters the picture as a redheaded dancer who captures Raymond’s heart.
  12. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Jun 18, 2013
    60
    The film is absorbing on a scene-by-scene basis. But it connects the dots of Raymond’s life in a perfunctory way, without locating a fluid through-line or gaining emotional access to its elusive subject.
  13. Reviewed by: Matt Glasby
    Jun 18, 2013
    60
    Exuberant when it’s in the ascendence but empty on the way back down, this well-crafted cock and balls story is – for the most part – filthy good fun.
  14. Reviewed by: Dan Jolin
    Jun 18, 2013
    60
    A solid, straightforward biopic about a fascinating individual and his destructive relationships, with strong performances and a healthy sense of naffness.
  15. Reviewed by: Cath Clarke
    Jun 18, 2013
    60
    There’s something a bit over-familiar here – in a solidly entertaining, made-for-telly, nothing-we-haven’t-seen-before, way.
  16. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Jun 18, 2013
    60
    This is a shallow but watchable movie, and it nicely conveys the world of semi-respectable Soho porn, sadder and tattier than its sleazier end, with its desperate champagne lunches and dreary afternoon hangovers.
  17. Reviewed by: Nick McCarthy
    Jul 3, 2013
    50
    With its softened edges, bland aftertaste, and watered-down distillation of Raymond's life and career, Michael Winterbottom's film represents the house champagne of biographical cinema.
  18. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jul 2, 2013
    50
    Coogan's portrayal is heartfelt, but The Look of Love rarely exploits its star's comedic dexterity.
  19. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Jul 3, 2013
    42
    The movie is a character study in search of a character.
  20. Reviewed by: Rodrigo Perez
    Jun 18, 2013
    33
    While stylishly capturing the verve, exotica, and free-spirited mojo of swinging '60s London, uber-prolific English director Michael Winterbottom's portrait of legendary U.K. smut impresario Paul Raymond is otherwise a shallow misfire.
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Jul 5, 2013
    3
    Given its subject this is a curiously flat bio-pic of porn king Paul Raymond which benefits from some strong performances but is encumbered by a screenplay that is far too sketchy. Steve Coogan creates a credible character in the lead and demonstrates some great impersonations of Sean Connery and Marlon Brando. Tamsin Egerton as Fiona Richmond, Anna Friel as his first wife Jean and Imogen Poots as his daughter Debbie are also all very good. That their performances survive this unremarkable material is to their credit. The film doesn't seem to be able to decide if it's playing the whole thing for comedy or not, despite its tragic conclusion. It ends up being a tedious mess which never satisfactorily brings together the sum of its parts. One learns more about these characters at the end titles than is ever communicated through the preceding 100 minutes. A definite plus is the use of popular 60's and 70's hits on the soundtrack. A definite minus is David Wailliams' out of key supporting turn which would be more at home in one of his tv sitcoms. Full Review »