Love Ranch (2010)



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

Movie Info

"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 … More

Rating: R (for sexual content, pervasive language and some violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Jacobson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 9, 2010
Box Office: $0.1M
E1 Entertainment


as Grace Bontempo

as Charlie Bontempo

as Armando Bruza

as Samantha

as James Pettis

as Tom Macy

as Warren Stamp

as Johnny Cortez

as Muneca

as Janelle

as Hernan Prado

as Leroy Colter

as Naasih Mohammed

as Dr. Smathers

as Martin Hainsworth

as McMurphy

as Stella Sands

as Mary French

as Chrissy

as Fat Customer

as Horny Fan

as Drunken Fan

as Second Drunk

as Bellner

as Dr. Singh

as Orderly

as Fight Referee

as Ring Doctor

as Ring Announcer

as Colter's Manager

as Bruza's Cut Man

as Sports Reporter

as Ranch Bartender

as New Years Even John

as Ranch John #1

as Ranch John #2

as Ranch John #3

as Ranch John #4

as Ranch John #5

as Drunken John
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Critic Reviews for Love Ranch

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (23)

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.

Full Review… | July 29, 2010
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | July 9, 2010
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
New York Observer
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Washington Post
Top Critic

It starts flat and gets so tired.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
At the Movies
Top Critic

Gives you only a superficial, clichéd picture of brothel life.

July 2, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Love Ranch

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.

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

Super Reviewer

Cast: Helen Mirren, Joe Pesci, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Gina Gershon, Ling Bai, Taryn Manning, Scout Taylor-Compton, Elise Neal, Bryan Cranston, Rick Gomez, Gil Birmingham

Director: Taylor Hackford

Summary: Inspired by the story of the couple who introduced legalized prostitution to Nevada with the opening of their Mustang Ranch brothel, this Taylor Hackford-directed drama focuses on the devastating consequences of infidelity in the land of sex for pay. Helen Mirren stars as Grace Bontempo; Joe Pesci plays her husband, Charlie; and Sergio Peris-Mencheta plays the boxer who, on entering their world, sets into motion a violent chain of events.

My Thoughts: "Although the story isn't well written and the chemistry between Mirren and Pesci is more awkward then believable, I still found the story interesting. I adore Helen Mirren and am willing to watch anything she is in. But this film was not up to her potential. Sergio Peris-Mencheta as Bruza, was likable and interesting, but some of his parts felt a little to over dramatic He needed to bring it down a notch. There's a decent supporting cast as well. But overall, the script isn't great and the story is a bit all over the place trying to fit in many things. But the story mostly focuses on the deteriorating relationship between Grace and Charlie. By far not the greatest film I've seen this year, but still not the worse."


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