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80
It's funny and touching, but feels like a missed opportunity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
60
There's something a bit over-familiar here - in a solidly entertaining, made-for-telly, nothing-we-haven't-seen-before, way.
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.
60
A solid, straightforward biopic about a fascinating individual and his destructive relationships, with strong performances and a healthy sense of naffness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
50
Coogan's portrayal is heartfelt, but The Look of Love rarely exploits its star's comedic dexterity.
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.
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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