Richard Foreman
Owen Gleiberman
June 30, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Love Ranch

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
117 minutes
Limited Release Date
06/30/10
performer
Helen Mirren, Joe Pesci, Bryan Cranston
director
Taylor Hackford
author
Mark Jacobson
genre
Drama

We gave it a D

The setting sounds promising: a legal brothel just outside Reno in 1976. And so does the casting of Helen Mirren as the crooked-grinned, tough-broad madam who runs the place along with her whore-loving hustler of a husband (Joe Pesci, in a rug that makes him look like Elvis at 80). But the director, Taylor Hackford, fails to squeeze the tiniest bit of juice, sexy or comic or otherwise, out of the chintzy-libertine locale. Instead, Love Ranch gets bogged down in a super-tired plot about a boxer (Sergio Peris-Mencheta) who’s saintly damaged goods. D

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