The Look of Love


Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Sebastian Doggart
    Jun 18, 2013
    It’s funny and touching, but feels like a missed opportunity.
  2. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    Jul 16, 2013
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.
User Score

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
    Given its subject this is a curiously flat bio-pic of porn king Paul Raymond which benefits from some strong performances but is encumbered byGiven 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 »