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Breaking and Entering (2007)


Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 126
Fresh: 42
Rotten: 84

Critics Consensus: This class warfare drama feels contrived and superficial: characters don't act logically as the movie manipulates them towards deconstructing various social issues.

Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 45
Fresh: 13
Rotten: 32

Critics Consensus: This class warfare drama feels contrived and superficial: characters don't act logically as the movie manipulates them towards deconstructing various social issues.


Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 57,393


Movie Info

In this Anthony Minghella film, a young landscape architect (Jude Law) with a state-of-the-art office in a dangerous neighborhood in the Kings Cross section of London suffers repeated burglaries. This sets into motion a chain of related events and clashes between ethnicities, forcing the architect to reexamine his life.

R (for sexuality and language)
Directed By:
In Theaters:
May 8, 2007
Box Office:
The Weinstein Company - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Breaking and Entering

All Critics (132) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (84) | DVD (15)

The complicated interactions involving class and culture that ensue between all these characters remain fascinating even when they seem overly schematic.

Full Review… | March 18, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Though Binoche does very solid work, she can't sell the idea of her and Law as a couple; the chemistry isn't there. Not much else rings true in Minghella's screenplay, which is full of coincidences and speeches about race and class.

Full Review… | August 22, 2007
New York Post
Top Critic

Despite its arty construction and clever dialogue, Breaking and Entering leaves us too chilly to care.

Full Review… | March 2, 2007
Denver Post
Top Critic

Breaking and Entering offers a kinder, gentler version of London's strife than we're accustomed to seeing. Not all parts of the script are equally well-developed, and sometimes it seems as if we're looking at drama under glass.

March 2, 2007
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

As with all of Minghella's films, there's intelligence and texture and depth and feeling, though here the emotions can seem frostbitten. Perhaps the first thing that wasn't working and needed to be fully broken to heal was the script.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Maybe Jude Law should take some time off from acting. Maybe Juliette Binoche should get a new dialect coach. Maybe Anthony Minghella should try writing a movie ending that doesn't make everybody groan.

Full Review… | February 16, 2007
Toronto Star
Top Critic

One-hundred percent uncut bourgeois fantasy

Full Review… | August 27, 2009

Though intricately plotted and well acted, Minghella's characters feel more like symbols than flesh-and-blood characters, and their travails seem designed to illustrate a lecture about privilege, injustice, cultural stereotypes and bourgeois complacency.

Full Review… | March 18, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Insightful, contemporary love story for adults.

Full Review… | October 22, 2007
Common Sense Media

A convoluted plot of break-ins, architectural redevelopment and mid-30s life crises mask a fairly standard tale of a love triangle.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Film Scouts

Everything in Anthony Minghella's Breaking and Entering is torn and in need of mending....And like the flaw's set within the confines of the film, the movie itself is in need of a little tinkering itself.

Full Review… | May 27, 2007

The pitch meeting must have been frightening: "Caché for fans of Chocolat."

Full Review… | May 4, 2007
Slant Magazine

A messy yet occasionally affecting drama.

Full Review… | April 18, 2007
Creative Loafing

Un drama urbano muy contemporáneo que explora superficialmente ciertas realidades sociales, pero que presta más atención a las crisis domésticas de sus personajes. Podría haber sido mucho más interesante.

Full Review… | April 6, 2007
Uruguay Total

Minghella signe une %u0153uvre enivrante énumérant avec tact et intelligence les valeurs d'honnêteté, de respect et de confiance découlant de chacune de ses résolutions de conflit.

Full Review… | March 24, 2007

Class friction and the ensuing cinema of paranoia evidence of the growing class divide on screen

Full Review… | March 21, 2007
WBAI Web Radio

...a handsome but regrettably underpowered and preachy movie about liberal white guilt.

Full Review… | March 18, 2007
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

When Vera Farmiga shows up as a ridiculous Romanian prostitute, we want to give her money just so she'll remain onscreen and continue to flash her chest and her phony accent and offer at least the promise of titillation.

March 16, 2007
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A story of thievery and a torrid love affair, it takes a capable filmmaker and a skilled cast and locks them up in a holding cell of pretense.

Full Review… | March 14, 2007
Arizona Daily Star

Despite its title, Breaking and Entering doesn't crack these characters and doesn't let us see inside them...

Full Review… | March 11, 2007
Sacramento News & Review

Deserves to be celebrated as a work that comes closer than any other to achieving what the filmmaker does best: Reminding us that no matter what is happening on a larger scale, we are defined by our interpersonal relationships.

March 9, 2007
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

A restrained, low-key chamber piece about immigration and gentrification, and the emotional quicksand associated with marital betrayal.

Full Review… | March 9, 2007
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

The events that unfold never feel completely authentic. And its optimistic message of forgiveness feels too pat, as one character jokes in another context, to be contagious.

March 9, 2007
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

There isn't an honest human moment in the whole movie.

March 9, 2007

Audience Reviews for Breaking and Entering


Anthony Minghella's script, about family, motherhood, immigration, urban renewal, integration, is maybe overambitious as not every subject is handled, or settled, with resolve. Nonetheless the proceedings never fail to be interesting and some moments sparkle.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

Minghella has to do with a very undefined and illogical screenplay that makes it all feel distant and the director still manages to bring to the screen some very nice and emotional moments. This is not a disaster, but surely could have been without Minghella's sensitive touch and the good cast.

Emile Tremblay

Super Reviewer

There was just too much going on to know what was the REAL story being told. The build up is way too slow because where the movie ends, to me, is where the story really had potential. To me the "thief" is the story, but it is lost with all the unnecessary scenes in bathtubs! Does it require acting for Jude Law to portray a man incapable of monogamy? lol

Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer


An extremely good cast and acting performances, but the script was just a little odd at times and had unnecessary characters. The angsty teenage son of Juliette Binoche was just annoying. I did think it could have been a really great movie if certain aspects were changed.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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