Story of Linda Lovelace, who is used and abused by the porn industry at the behest of her coercive husband, before taking control of her life.
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★★★½ review by Silent J on Letterboxd
Amanda Seyfriend BLOWS audiences away with a DEEP performance!
Man, it must really SUCK to be in the porn industry!
There are some tragic moments that are pretty hard to SWALLOW!
I enjoyed this because I'm a SUCKER for docudramas!
★★★½ review by Sofa Sinema on Letterboxd
I'm a sucker for docudramas about seventies films and the adult industry. This one leans pretty heavily on previous, superior examples like Boogie Nights and Star 80 but Seyfried's rich and charismatic portrayal of Lovelace is worth seeing and the filmmakers' choice to focus on LL's abusive relationship with scumbag Chuck Traynor (a passable Peter Sarsgaard) makes sense. I was still hoping for a more epic approach that would recognize Lovelace's later ordeals as media and feminist vultures used her for their own purposes; she couldn't catch a break.
Pretty good stuff. I didn't get all tingly, hear fireworks, or feel the rush of dams bursting but the ninety-minutes went down easy and I have no regrets.
★★★½ review by Andy Ferguson on Letterboxd
There was plenty working against this movie to begin with, so for it to come out even this mildly effective was a bit of a surprise. One of the major things it was going to have to prove was the choice to cast Amanda Seyfried in such a significantly more challenging role than anything she's really done to this point. Yes, Chloe can be considered a nice departure for her in an otherwise laughable filmography, but playing that kind of role didn't seem like much a stretch.
Playing Linda Lovelace, however, gives Seyfried a major chance to take some good strides toward having a more diverse and successful career and convince some of us that she isn't just going to be a Hollywood glamour, big budget role chooser forever. With all that rambling behind me now, I can happily report that Seyfried is quite good in the title role here. The movie's structure never quite puts in enough to match the performance of its lead, and certainly not of the performance from Peter Sarsgaard as Linda's greasy, low-life, abusive husband, Chuck Traynor. Sarsgaard, whose always been a terrific supporting player, turns in one of his absolute best performances with easily his most unlikable character since Boys Don't Cry.
Keeping the cast filled with a lot of well-known names does a nice job of making Lovelace always an interesting watch, but it's very oddly paced and seems a little lost in time structure as it shifts around a little haphazardly. It also seems like it was forced too end before it really should have, and at just 92 minutes I'd have to say that it's really at least 15 minutes too short. This is a biopic, and I for one could have used more of Linda's story after the chaos of her moment in pornography. All in all, though, I as pleasantly surprised to be caught up in most of the performances. They are the reason to see it.
★★★½ review by Caty Alexandre on Letterboxd
This tells the story of Linda Lovelace a porn actress of the 70's that became known because of her performance in the film Deep Throat. She was abused by her husband in many ways and he was the one that forced her to enter in the industry.
The 70's were well portrayed and the first half of the film is similar to Boogie Nights, showing how the porn industry was at the time.
Amanda Seyfried gave a good performance as Lovelace, as Peter Sarsgaard as her husband Chuck Traynor. Sharon Stone is almost unrecognizable as Lovelace's mother!
★★★★ review by rodolfo on Letterboxd
sure, it’s trying to be boogie nights while also being a biopic but i honestly really liked this. the way the story was told got a bit clunky at times, but not in a very distracting way. amanda seyfried was amazing; showing a woman who wants some freedom to then becoming a broken and used woman. i’ve read that this movie doesn’t even cover half of the struggles linda lovelace went through, but for a person that hardly knew anything about her, i found this very interesting.
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