As Grace Bontempo, the seen-it-all madame of the titular 1970s Nevada brothel, Helen Mirren should have knocked this film to the ground and made it beg for mercy. Instead she watches from the sidelines with a grim, exhausted fatalism as the whole thing collapses about her. Granted, her character is delivered some harsh medical news at the film’s start, and life hasn’t dealt her the best hand—a whore for a mother and a fool for a husband—but Mirren’s misdirected passivity is still shocking to behold…
Love Ranch is in limited release. You can read the full review at Film Journal International.