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Love Ranch Reviews

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James Luxford
The National
August 30, 2012
Overall, a complete misfire given the talent involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
November 3, 2010
The picture feels edited with a chainsaw, reducing Hackford's story of desire to crummy Lifetime Movie theatrics, wasting the numerous gifts of Helen Mirren along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
October 12, 2010
A misbegotten jumble that clumsily synthesizes various incongruous elements.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 17, 2010
Presumably the aim was to meld dark humor with passionate ardor and high drama, but the tone here is lumpy, crass and overheated.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
August 5, 2010
It's the story of a marriage but not the one on screen. Taylor Hackford tarnishes wife Helen Mirren's illustrious streak but gets a paycheck. Horrible TV script.
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
July 29, 2010
Once Hackford has committed to the characters and to their compelling (if dark) world, he has nowhere to go but to some predecided facts that might not be the most interesting end to the characters' journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
July 15, 2010
If Hackford & Co. really and truly wanted to evoke the Sleazy Seventies, they should have studied Pam Grier's filmography like a religious text.
Andy Klein
Brand X
July 14, 2010
Hackford's films have been uneven, but he's generally an intelligent and tasteful director. His last film, Ray, may have been his best. Unfortunately, Love Ranch is almost certainly his worst.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 9, 2010
The only vaguely interesting aspect to this film is the subplot involving a past-his-prime Argentinian heavyweight owned by Charlie.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 7, 2010
Even Helen Mirren on a bad day is better than nine out of ten American film queens polluting movie screens on any given Sunday, but really, this is one time she should have stayed in bed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
July 6, 2010
A worthwhile tale might lurk somewhere in Taylor Hackford's latest, but this flaccid look at the early days of Reno's legalized bordello business takes a fictionalized approach to history...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 6, 2010
Try though she might, Mirren can't save the hackneyed and singularly unerotic story...
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
July 6, 2010
Familiar to the point of blandness. But then again, every time The Mirren walks into view ...
Fred Topel
Can Magazine
July 6, 2010
It's all melodrama and yelling. The material is way beneath the actors... at least you get to see Pesci do "angry Joe" again.
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
July 6, 2010
It starts flat and gets so tired.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 2, 2010
Gives you only a superficial, clichéd picture of brothel life.
| Original Score: 2/5
Pete Hammond
Boxoffice Magazine
July 2, 2010
Love Ranch proves to be a provocative, highly entertaining and surprisingly touching peek into a unique world movies don't often explore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 2, 2010
If you've been panting to see Joe Pesci and Dame Helen Mirren get it on, hustle over to Love Ranch.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 1, 2010
A hackneyed drama in which even Helen Mirren can't make much out of her bewildered character.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/5
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
July 1, 2010
Screenwriter Mark Jacobson has done little to make this love triangle clearer than mud. The script is one trite cliche after another, and Pesci is little more than a caricature of himself in past roles.
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