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Love Ranch (2010)



Critic Consensus: Despite its saucy setup and the always marvelous Helen Mirren, Love Ranch is disappointingly flaccid.

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"Love Ranch" is a bittersweet love story that turns explosive when the players in a romantic triangle lose control and cross the line. Set in the late-1970s, the film depicts larger than life personalities living on the edge, Grace Bontempo and Charlie Bontempo, the husband and wife team who own and run Nevada's first legalized brothel. Their lives are suddenly altered when Armando Bruza, a husky, world famous heavy weight boxer from South America is brought to the Ranch to train as part of Charlie's ever-expanding entrepreneurial empire. Plans quickly go awry when Bruza comes between Grace and Charlie as an unforeseen love triangle develops that erupts into uncontrollable passion and murder.

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Helen Mirren
as Grace Bontempo
Joe Pesci
as Charlie Bontempo
Sergio Peris-Mencheta
as Armando Bruza
Bai Ling
as Samantha
Bryan Cranston
as James Pettis
Rick Gomez
as Tom Macy
M.C. Gainey
as Warren Stamp
Gil Birmingham
as Johnny Cortez
Emily Rios
as Muneca
Raoul Trujillo
as Hernan Prado
Bo Brown
as Leroy Colter
Wendell Pierce
as Naasih Mohammed
Harve Presnell
as Dr. Smathers
Leslie Jordan
as Martin Hainsworth
Dylan Kenin
as McMurphy
Suzanne Michaels
as Stella Sands
Roseanne Vau
as Mary French
Mia Stallard
as Chrissy
Stephen Eiland
as Fat Customer
Mark Sivertsen
as Horny Fan
Chad Brummett
as Drunken Fan
Dale O'Malley
as Second Drunk
Ryil Adamson
as Bellner
Maulik Pancholy
as Dr. Singh
Vic Browder
as Orderly
Rocky Burke
as Fight Referee
Daniel Caplin
as Ring Doctor
Guadalupe Contreras
as Ring Announcer
William E. Marshall
as Colter's Manager
Robert Padilla
as Bruza's Cut Man
Dominic Orlandini
as Sports Reporter
Rio Hackford
as Ranch Bartender
Bob Harvey
as New Years Even John
Jerry Gardner
as Ranch John #1
John Hardman
as Ranch John #2
Luce Rains
as Ranch John #3
Christopher Hagen
as Ranch John #4
Alan Pacheco Dent
as Ranch John #5
Neil Summers
as Drunken John
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Critic Reviews for Love Ranch

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (26)

A misbegotten jumble that clumsily synthesizes various incongruous elements.

October 12, 2010 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

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.

July 29, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The only vaguely interesting aspect to this film is the subplot involving a past-his-prime Argentinian heavyweight owned by Charlie.

July 9, 2010 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

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.

July 7, 2010 | Rating: 1/4
Top Critic

Try though she might, Mirren can't save the hackneyed and singularly unerotic story...

July 6, 2010 | Full Review…

It starts flat and gets so tired.

July 6, 2010

Audience Reviews for Love Ranch


In "Love Ranch," Charlie(Joe Pesci) and Grace(Helen Mirren) are a married couple who a run a brothel together near Reno, Nevada. As besieged as they are by religious elements that seek to shut them down, Charlie disversifies their interests by buying the gambling debts of Armando Bruza(Sergio Peris-Mencheta), a once promising boxer. His idea is for Armando to fight his way back into contention and to challenge Muhammad Ali for the heavyweight crown. The only problem is that Charlie is a convicted felon and hence cannot manage him. So, he puts Grace in charge. As it turns out, she might not have that much time left which she learns from her doctor(Harve Presnell). Unexpectedly the unorthodox pairing of Joe Pesci and Helen Mirren does not create a massive implosion and actually works quite well. He is not that bad of an actor and, despite being acting royalty, she is unpretentious enough to have fun in the role. Sadly, that's about the only thing that truly works in this mess of a movie which may have once sounded like a great idea but could not find the right tone in front of the camera. Maybe it is about seeking respectability in the new west but it is not really about either Charlie or Armando who drive most of the action. Nor do any of the working women stand out in any way. Grace takes center stage but mostly through default as she is a passive, thinly drawn character who only achieves any depth through the massive force of will of Helen Mirren.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Fair movie. Joe Pesci brings nothing new to his character. It's as if I were watching another actor imitating Joe Pesci in a thug role. The only reason to watch this is for Helen Mirren. Why she took this part is anyone's guess, but even she didn't make this movie interesting...even though she tried.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


This film is a fictionalized account of the story of the first legal brothel in Nevada. It had the potential to be an excellent and insightful film. What it turns out to be though, is a half-assed, tired, and bland film that, even though it does have some good scenes and moments, is a really big disappointment and doesn't do justice to a story that deserves it. I mostly place blame on the script. The story is fine, but the film is in dire need of a rewrite. The film decides to not really give a narrative that tells the history of the place, and instead focuses on a few of the characters (in depth) in the context of the ranch. It would be a better film had it been a more balanced account that provides a history of the ranch, as well as great insights into the people who worked there- kinda like Casino or Boogie Nights. In fact, for many reasons I don't even need to explain, this made me think about Casino a lot, and I kinda wished I was watching that instead. Even with the characters who get focused on a lot, they still seems a little thin, and could have been developed a lot mroe and better. There's almost an hour of deleted scenes on the DVD, and while watchjing those, I saw plenty of stuff that could have been kept in the film (with some other stuff taken out). It made me realize that they didn't really have the film planned out fully. EIther that, or they should have just lobbied to go all and make an epic instead of having to pick and choose (and do so sloppily). This film isn't terrible though, even if I am ripping into it. The cast is good, and it is nice to see Joe Pesci come out of retirement. Too bad he, Mirren, Sergio Peris-Mencheta (a guy who does a really great job) and all the others couldn't save it. I'm just disappointed that the film is just all over the place and doesn't do what it could have given the subject matter and particular story. Hackford an okay director, but I don't know what the hell went wrong here, or what he and the rest were thinking. I wasn't bored by this film, but all the crap that's wrong with it makes me feel like I should just split it down the middle and give it an even "Gentleman's C".

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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