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Breaking and Entering (2007)



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

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
Critic Reviews: 45
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 32

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



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A petty thief is the link between a well-to-do businessman and a single mother struggling to get by in his edgy, emotional drama. Will Francis (Jude Law) is a successful landscape architect who runs an upscale business with his friend Sandy (Martin Freeman) in the King's Cross section of London, a neighborhood that has long been plagued by crime and poverty but has lately become the target of a major gentrification program. Will's longtime girlfriend is Liv (Robin Wright Penn), a lovely woman



May 8, 2007


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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.

March 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

August 22, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Despite its arty construction and clever dialogue, Breaking and Entering leaves us too chilly to care.

March 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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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
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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.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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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.

February 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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One-hundred percent uncut bourgeois fantasy

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

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.

March 18, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Insightful, contemporary love story for adults.

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
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.

May 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Views

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

May 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A messy yet occasionally affecting drama.

April 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
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.

April 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
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.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Panorama

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

March 21, 2007 Full Review Source: WBAI Web Radio
WBAI Web Radio

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

March 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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.

March 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

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

March 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
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.

March 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
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.
July 6, 2012

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.
August 13, 2011

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
September 2, 2010

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.
January 7, 2010

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