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Love Ranch Reviews

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James Luxford
The National (UAE)
August 30, 2012
Overall, a complete misfire given the talent involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
June 29, 2010
Mirren is fabulous, natch. Unfortunately, the script by Mark Jacobson relies on lazy storytelling. Nor does Hackford bring much energy to the direction.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 1, 2010
That the cast includes Helen Mirren, Joe Pesci and Gina Gershon ought to provide redemption, but the script fails to persuade me this story needed to be told.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 30, 2010
What could have been a juicy, pulpy noir, based loosely on the real-life 1976 Mustang Ranch love triangle involving Joe and Sally Conforte and Sally's boxer paramour, instead has the dramatic consistency of rice milk.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
June 28, 2010
What happens when the worst tendencies of a poor screenplay are exaggerated by labored and unimaginative direction?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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.
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
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
June 25, 2010
A tasty story about whores, boxers, jealousy and greed gets run through the wringer of mediocrity in Taylor Hackford's limp, long-delayed drama starring his wife, Helen Mirren.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
October 12, 2010
A misbegotten jumble that clumsily synthesizes various incongruous elements.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
July 6, 2010
Familiar to the point of blandness. But then again, every time The Mirren walks into view ...
Victoria Alexander
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.
Brian Orndorf
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+
Cole Smithey
June 27, 2010
"Love Ranch" is an off-key biopic that doesn't know where to begin or end.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Geoff Berkshire
June 29, 2010
Basically a lower-end HBO movie that somehow made it to theaters, Love Ranch satisfies only as a showcase for [Helen] Mirren's well-established skills.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 30, 2010
Helen Mirren's estimable talents are wasted in this soapy puddle, which is directed by her husband Taylor Hackford.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
June 30, 2010
The kind of unabashed embarrassment that should send people to their attorneys to see if there's any legal way to get it removed from their pages on IMDB, Wikipedia, and the like.
Michelle Orange
June 30, 2010
Novelty alone can't keep Love Ranch's tiresome tropes and plodding storyline from dragging the film down through the Nevada dust.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
June 30, 2010
A movie with prostitutes, guns, boxing and Reno is crying out for the film noir treatment. Along with neon signs in the desert, give us some terse dialogue and some fatalism.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 21, 2010
Period attention to early 1970's is well handled and the production is solid. The story is lopsided in Helen Mirren's favor and this creates an unbalance.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 28, 2010
You can't take such sleazy surroundings and try to make it the setting of true love, especially after turning an opportunist into a tortured lover
Full Review | Original Score: C
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