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Love Ranch

  • Rated R

independent, special interest

As proprietors of Nevada's first legalized brothel, Grace and Charlie Bontempo aren't your typical married couple.But when Charlie's latest mistress Christina takes things too far and everything spirals out of control.

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Rotten: It starts flat and gets so tired.

- A.O. Scott, At the Movies, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Rotten: Joe Pesci ended a 12-year retirement from the screen (excepting his brief turn in Robert De Niro's The Good Shepherd) to star in this miserable drama.

- J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Thursday, July 1, 2010

Rotten: A movie with prostitutes, guns, boxing and Reno is crying out for the film noir treatment. Along with neon signs in the desert, give us some terse dialogue and some fatalism.

- Jake Coyle, Associated Press, Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

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."

- LWOODS04, Thursday, December 2, 2010

2 stars

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.

- gator681, Thursday, November 17, 2011

2 stars

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.

- fb721890245, Tuesday, February 14, 2012