Love Ranch

2010, Drama, 1h 58m

52 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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Despite its saucy setup and the always marvelous Helen Mirren, Love Ranch is disappointingly flaccid. Read critic reviews

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In the late 1970s, Grace and Charlie Bontempo open Nevada's first legal brothel. Their lives take a sudden turn when a boxer from South America comes to the brothel to train, causing a deadly love triangle to form.

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  • Feb 14, 2012
    Not one to pick up for Valentine's Day. This is the classic case of good actors going through the motions for a payday. Shame on Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci for working on such a trite script and story. A very forgettable depiction of a legal brothel. Should have been far more interesting.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 21, 2011
    I was excited to see this, but it really fell short of my expectations. It was just kind of "ehh" and the sudden falling in love between Grace and Bruza didn't really make sense to me.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Nov 17, 2011
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Oct 11, 2011
    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

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