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154 Ratings

The Look of Love

Directed by Michael Winterbottom
United Kingdom, United States, 2013
Comedy, Drama, Biography


A look at the life of London porn baron turned property millionaire Paul Raymond.

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The Look of Love Directed by Michael Winterbottom
Raymond’s public persona, characterized by his deliberate speech pattern… and his hypocritical need to coat his sexually exploitative trade with a veneer of respectability make him perfect for the star’s trademark arch satire. Oozing blandness, Raymond boasts about his rags-to-riches success, spouts platitudes, name-drops, and does appalling movie-star impersonations. Coogan’s own impersonation is precise, but the melancholy that finally engulfs Raymond is beyond him.
July 14, 2013
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Coogan imbues Raymond with an easy wit and humor—a sharp contrast to his daughter’s descent into the London drug scene—and creates a multi-dimensional portrait of England’s original Porn King.
July 12, 2013
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With nothing arresting to grab hold of, and no norms to subvert, Coogan drifts through the film in an agreeable, mildly obnoxious daze, breaking out his celebrity impressions (Sean Connery, Marlon Brando) when things get too pokey. The best The Look Of Love can manage by way of an arc is a downward spiral of drug addiction, and even that’s by proxy…
July 10, 2013
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