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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting based on true story
This is an interesting film that had it been marketed properly might have found its audience. There is so much to the story that director Taylor Hackford had a difficult time choosing which scenes to delete (as every one has him verbally lamenting its loss, for those interested in his commentary), but the run time of the film is still approx. 2 hrs. Though the backdrop...
Published on Oct. 9 2011 by Cheryl

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1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste
The year is 1976, and Grace and Charlie Bontempo operate a legal brothel in Reno. Ever the hustler, Charlie buys an up-and-coming boxer from Argentina whom Grace at first dislikes, but later comes to love.

The movie, based on a true story, is tawdry and unpleasant, loaded with profanity and so tedious it was hard to finish. Helen Mirren looks like she hates...
Published on Nov. 25 2010 by Kona


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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting based on true story, Oct. 9 2011
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This review is from: Love Ranch / Le Bordel de l'amour (Bilingual) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This is an interesting film that had it been marketed properly might have found its audience. There is so much to the story that director Taylor Hackford had a difficult time choosing which scenes to delete (as every one has him verbally lamenting its loss, for those interested in his commentary), but the run time of the film is still approx. 2 hrs. Though the backdrop concerns the struggles of a legal Nevada brothel run by a husband and wife business team, much of the film is about character, and how individually, each came to this point. The well-researched story is fascinating, and the film, perfectly cast with great performances. My only complaint (aside from poor marketing) is a narrated ending which rushes to give a lot of information to the conclusion. Overall, little touches to the pacing could have made it smoother. Blu-ray extras include an intro by director and wife/star Helen Mirren, deleted scenes and director commentary.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste, Nov. 25 2010
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The year is 1976, and Grace and Charlie Bontempo operate a legal brothel in Reno. Ever the hustler, Charlie buys an up-and-coming boxer from Argentina whom Grace at first dislikes, but later comes to love.

The movie, based on a true story, is tawdry and unpleasant, loaded with profanity and so tedious it was hard to finish. Helen Mirren looks like she hates being in every scene and her innate dignity doesn't fit the low-life character she plays. As her husband, Joe Pesci is repulsive and hard to watch while Sergio Peris-Mencheta lacked charisma as the boxer.

The whole story seems as dry and pointless as the Reno desert landscape. The movie isn't entertaining, it's just a boring story about unsympathetic losers.
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