• R, 1 hr. 57 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Taylor Hackford
    In Theaters:
    Jun 30, 2010 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 9, 2010
  • E1 Entertainment


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Love Ranch Reviews

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James Luxford
The National

Overall, a complete misfire given the talent involved.

Full Review Source: The National | Original Score: 2/5

August 30, 2012
Brian Orndorf

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 Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: D+

November 3, 2010
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A misbegotten jumble that clumsily synthesizes various incongruous elements.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C-

October 12, 2010
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

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 Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C-

August 17, 2010
Victoria Alexander

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.

Full Review Source: FilmsInReview.com

August 5, 2010
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 29, 2010
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

If Hackford & Co. really and truly wanted to evoke the Sleazy Seventies, they should have studied Pam Grier's filmography like a religious text.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

July 15, 2010
Andy Klein
Brand X

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.

Full Review Source: Brand X

July 14, 2010
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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The only vaguely interesting aspect to this film is the subplot involving a past-his-prime Argentinian heavyweight owned by Charlie.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: D+

July 9, 2010
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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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 Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 1/4

July 7, 2010
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix

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 Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 6, 2010
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Try though she might, Mirren can't save the hackneyed and singularly unerotic story...

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 6, 2010
Richard Knight
Windy City Times

Familiar to the point of blandness. But then again, every time The Mirren walks into view ...

Full Review Source: Windy City Times

July 6, 2010
Fred Topel
Can Magazine

It's all melodrama and yelling. The material is way beneath the actors... at least you get to see Pesci do "angry Joe" again.

Full Review Source: Can Magazine

July 6, 2010
A.O. Scott
At the Movies
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It starts flat and gets so tired.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

July 6, 2010
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Gives you only a superficial, clichéd picture of brothel life.

| Original Score: 2/5

July 2, 2010
Pete Hammond
Boxoffice Magazine

Love Ranch proves to be a provocative, highly entertaining and surprisingly touching peek into a unique world movies don't often explore.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

July 2, 2010
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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If you've been panting to see Joe Pesci and Dame Helen Mirren get it on, hustle over to Love Ranch.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone

July 2, 2010
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A hackneyed drama in which even Helen Mirren can't make much out of her bewildered character.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

July 1, 2010
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

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.

Full Review

July 1, 2010
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