Dramas about the Soho smut business in its 1960s and 70s heyday tend to look for the dark side, but Winterbottom's movie searches for sympathy in showing Raymond's pitiable, or pitiful relationship with troubled daughter Debbie, played by Imogen Poots, the Cordelia-figure in whom he hoped to entrust his entire porn kingdom.
The sleazily bequiffed Raymond himself is played by Steve Coogan, who inevitably invests the part with Partridgean irony and comedy – or perhaps rather Cooganian irony and comedy, even doing a few impressions of Sean Connery and Marlon Brando.
Coogan always gives a technically accomplished performance, especially when he is playing a version of himself, »
- Peter Bradshaw
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