Love Ranch
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Director Taylor Hackford explores the rift that opens between Grace and Charlie Bontempo -- the husband-and-wife owners of Nevada's first legal brothel -- after ambitious entrepreneur Charlie attempts to expand his dominion by inviting South American heavyweight boxer Armando Bruza to train at the ranch. When passions ignite between Grace (Helen Mirren) and Armando (Sergio Peris-Mencheta), Charlie's jealousy threatens to be the wrecking ball that brings his entire empire crumbling to the ground. Mark Jacobson adapts the screenplay based on a true story that ended with the death of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 12%

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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."
‑ Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic
"Try though she might, Mirren can't save the hackneyed and singularly unerotic story..."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Overall, a complete misfire given the talent involved."
‑ James Luxford, The National
"Presumably the aim was to meld dark humor with passionate ardor and high drama, but the tone here is lumpy, crass and overheated."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"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."
‑ Andy Klein, Brand X
"The only vaguely interesting aspect to this film is the subplot involving a past-his-prime Argentinian heavyweight owned by Charlie."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"It starts flat and gets so tired."
‑ A.O. Scott, At the Movies
"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."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"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."
‑ Victoria Alexander,
"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..."
‑ Brett Michel, Boston Phoenix
"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."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Gives you only a superficial, clichéd picture of brothel life."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A misbegotten jumble that clumsily synthesizes various incongruous elements."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"If Hackford & Co. really and truly wanted to evoke the Sleazy Seventies, they should have studied Pam Grier's filmography like a religious text."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Familiar to the point of blandness. But then again, every time The Mirren walks into view ..."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
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