The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982)

In this filmization of the hit Broadway musical, a popular brothel is threatened with a shutdown by Texas authorities. Burt Reynolds plays the Sheriff, while Dolly Parton portrays the Chicken Ranch madam. While this film has its moments, it… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 23, 1982
DVD Release Date: January 7, 2003
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Critic Score: 42% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Dolly and Burt and Whorehouse never get beyond the concept stage in this movie.

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Jay Boyar
Buffalo Courier-Express

This isn't a very engaging idea. Neither outrageous enough to be funny nor apt enough to be clever, it's a rickety hook to hang a movie on.

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Ginger Varney
L.A. Weekly

The music and the dancing are poor at best, and an embalmed kind of perfectionist's poor at that. Then there's director Collin Higgins. This guy's inability to create rhythm, in scenes as well as between them, could leach the life out of any script.

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Chuck O'Leary

A bawdy good time. All but stolen by Charles Durning as the sidestepping governor and Dom DeLuise as the leader of the decency police.

Eddie Harrison

...neither Parton nor Reynolds seem comfortable with the enforced intimacy...

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Gerry Shamray
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Not really the best.

Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
This musical might not have the best songs in the world, and doesn't show it's subject matter in a believable or realistic light, but it sure is fun… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
A rousing good time at a Texas Whorehouse with silly country-flavored songs which I found catchy. There's plenty of antics going on, but nothing nude is… More
Spencer S.
First off, this film is in no way perfect. It's actually quite mind boggling if you watch it, because you sincerely wonder what the thought process was… More
Sarah Prisbylla
This was a fun and funny (albeit cheesy) comedy musical. I loved Dom Deluise and Jim Nabors in this especially!
Lady D'arbanville
Despite being around 7 years old when I first watched this film (and not completely understanding all of it's contents) I watched this film over and over… More
Lee Kyle
dolly partons rack and wardrobe were the only thing i rmember from this film