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  • Summary: Steve Coogan and director Michael Winterbottom continue their fruitful partnership with this epic portrait of the rise and fall of British nudie theater impresario Paul Raymond. The symbol of Soho, sex and sophistication from the swinging 60s to the 80s, Raymond almost single-handedly rewrote the cultural history of the UK with an empire of topless theaters and softcore magazines that would eventually make him the richest man in the country. [IFC Films] Expand
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  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: 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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  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. Expand