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Bread and Roses (2001)



Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 63
Fresh: 41 | Rotten: 22

Bread and Roses has powerful moments, but it also sometimes descends into preachiness.


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 6

Bread and Roses has powerful moments, but it also sometimes descends into preachiness.



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A young Mexican woman crosses the border into LA to join her sister, who works as a janitor in some of the city's largest corporate offices. Surrounded by the machinations of big business, the sisters seek happiness on a smaller but more human scale as they try to organize a janitorial union.



Paul Laverty

Nov 27, 2001

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All Critics (78) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (22) | DVD (3)

There's every reason to watch Bread and Roses

July 12, 2001
Washington Post
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Loach treats [the story] as a late-breaking sidebar to a narrative that essentially amounts to a tract on the glories of unskilled trade unionism.

June 22, 2001 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Isn't a bad movie, just a painfully obvious one.

June 22, 2001
Detroit Free Press
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As didactic as it sometimes gets, its heart is always bigger than its ideology.

June 15, 2001
Boston Globe
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Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty draw everything in simplistic, overstated terms.

June 11, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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...less dogmatic and milder than most of Loach's work, with a kind of sweet dignity about it

July 26, 2002 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

It doesn't really succeed in illustrating the workers' plights in a way that is ultimately sympathetic.

March 5, 2002 Full Review Source:

At times "Bread and Roses" looks disingenuous...

December 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Loach's left-leaning social activism is at the service of a potent and touching story

December 4, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Loach and a very good cast make it work.

August 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It might make emotional sense, but it doesn't make legal sense, and the plot rests heavily on legal issues.

July 23, 2001

Presents a slice of life that has hardly made a scratch on American celluloid. With any luck, that scratch will help generate a real itch.

June 25, 2001 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

What makes Loach's effort memorable is his impeccable eye for detail, both in human behavior and physical setting, and the performances he pulls from his players.

June 22, 2001 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Loach ... has made his most appealing and involving movie to date with the touching, naturalistic Bread and Roses.

June 18, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

A picture without much passion.

June 8, 2001 Full Review Source: Screen It!
Screen It!

Has a sort of straw-man quality.

June 7, 2001
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Audience Reviews for Bread and Roses

Bread and Roses, another movie directed by Ken Loach, only this time he used American location.It felt strange as he was used to present Irish, English or Scottish locations.A young Mexican girl Maya, living the American dream,working and living in the USA came over very believable. Adrien Brody, did an excellent job, portraying the faces of injustice and helping immigrants in difficult job situations. Only this time Loach did not balance his Anti American views against the small opportunities and poverty in Mexico, and there was something missing in the movie.The acting from the main female character, Maya (Pilar Padilla),was very natural. Overall Bread and Roses worked best as a human drama.
March 29, 2010
Daisy Maduro

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I only watched this becuase Adrien Brody came out. The lead actress just wasn't interesting to me. I didn't care about her character's plight. It seemed to me like she made some really dumb mistakes. I didn't find anything in her character to root for. I thought the "love story" was weak. meh.
March 29, 2009

Super Reviewer

Repressing proletarians,oh you Loach.A political innovator of cinematic beauty and justice,Loach stumbles upon the U.S. disorder which is obviously a great matter to develop in a feature film.The lighthearted approach is confusing to say the least and impeccably incoherent.The weakest Loach in my opinion,very shallow sub-plot of a love story.
October 29, 2008
Dimitris Springer

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A great film!
December 10, 2007
Leo L

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