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In 1972-before the internet, before the porn explosion-Deep Throat was a phenomenon: the first scripted pornographic theatrical feature film, featuring a story, some jokes, and an unknown and unlikely star, Linda Lovelace. Escaping a strict religious family, Linda discovered freedom and the highlife when she fell for and married charismatic hustler Chuck Traynor. As Linda Lovelace she became an international sensation-less centerfold fantasy than a charming girl-next-door with an impressive capacity for fellatio. Fully inhabiting her new identity, Linda became an enthusiastic spokesperson for… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Seyfried, with her huge features crowding her small face, looks like Alice in a very strange Wonderland. But whatever possibilities she may have as an actress are eradicated by the filmmakers ..."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"Lovelace bids to whip up hot indignation about an outrage four decades old. Instead, it provokes dismay."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Ironically, even a movie about Linda Lovelace's rather sad life uses her more for her body than her character."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"I understand that movies based on true stories take plenty of liberties, but if those liberties can be blown apart with a five-minute visit to Wikipedia, they went too far."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Co-directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman corralled a stellar cast that piles on great performances."
‑ Thelma Adams, Yahoo! Movies
"Linda's feelings are rarely revealed: that's left to the gloomy final act, which feels more like a guilt-inducing postscript than a genuine reveal."
‑ Anna Smith, Time Out
"Unfortunately, most of Lovelace is more generic and familiar, right down to the too-neat happy ending."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Amanda Seyfried is a game performer, and the Linda-like freckles sprayed across her cheeks, which all and sundry in the film comment on, are fetching."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"Other performances may be more gripping in the moment, but the core of relatable vulnerability and flawed humanity Seyfried brings lends the film a lasting resonance."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"The campy script gives way to campy performances from a plethora of celebrities making distracting cameos."
‑ Travis Hopson,
""Lovelace" becomes too distracted by industry politics and the cultural context of the film's release to provide more than a snapshot of her life either before or after she stepped in front of a camera."
‑ Todd Gilchrist, TheWrap
"This drama from codirectors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman is so respectful of 70s porn sensation Linda Lovelace that instead of humanizing the Deep Throat star, it reduces her to one dimension: victim."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"Amanda Seyfried acts out of her skin."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"By aiming for the audience's sympathy, Lovelace tidies and ultimately silences the star it tries to redeem."
‑ Courtney Duckworth, Film Comment Magazine
"Star/co-producer Amanda Seyfried is strong in this 'Linda Lovelace' biopic from co-directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, but she's not quite right, with her gorgeous, goo-goo-eyes looking quite unlike the homelier, less glam Linda."
‑ David 'Mad Dog' Bradley, Rip It Up
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