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When Will I Be Loved
Directed by James Toback, the erotic drama When Will I Be Loved? revolves around Vera, the debutante girlfriend (Neve Campbell) of a fast-talking hustler (Frederick Weller) who is on the verge of making millions through a big-money gambling venture. Feeling undervalued, Vera explores her sexuality through whatever means she can think of, including explicit discussions with a potential employer, picking up random men, and videotaping steamy trysts with her female lover. When Ford (Weller) proposes that Vera spend the night with Italian media mogul Count Tommaso (Dominic Chianese), who is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The slapdash plot, paper-thin characters, misogynist undertones, and mechanical crosscutting are all soft-core standbys."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Another art film that's more pretentious than it needs to be."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"Superficial, cynical and irritating dramedy about hustling Big Apple dwellers trying to score sex or make a fast buck or live a hedonist amoral life."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Tries hard to be endearingly eccentric but crashes in a web of its own convolution."
‑ Joe Utichi, FilmFocus
"Despite the fact that the central character is a very strong woman, the film is essentially a male fantasy."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Not in the foreseeable future, that's when, assuming your name is James Toback and you insist on making phonily provocative movies."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Most atrocious movies build into their badness, as lacks of talent, ideas, self-confidence, or a total hatred of an audience, are revealed. This one gets it out of the way up front and never looks back."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Many viewers will be turned off by this depraved look inside the darkest corners of one filmmaker's psyche, but I found it refreshing and quite daring."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Campbell is clearly having a great time with such a duplicitous, multi-layered character and as a result, it's her sexiest performance to date."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"[Don't] mistake it for anything new."
‑ Stuart Klawans, The Nation
"Mr. Weller's Ford Welles attains a new extreme of self-loathing on Mr. Toback's part: This compulsive chain-talker has even less charm, substance, dignity or wit than any of his self-hating predecessors."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Like a jazz solo that touches familiar themes on its way to a triumphant and unexpected conclusion."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Too pointless to be artsy and too decorous to be sexy."
‑ Christopher Zinsli, Film Threat
"If you're looking for something hip, brisk and sexy, then this is a pretty decent proposal."
‑ Matthew Leyland, BBC.com
"The most disturbing aspect is that Vera's selfish introversion doesn't require dramatic exaggeration; the extent of her greed is common enough to almost pass unnoticed."
‑ Mark Palermo, Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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