Breaking and Entering Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 27, 2009
One-hundred percent uncut bourgeois fantasy
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 18, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 18, 2008
The complicated interactions involving class and culture that ensue between all these characters remain fascinating even when they seem overly schematic.
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
October 22, 2007
Insightful, contemporary love story for adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 22, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
A convoluted plot of break-ins, architectural redevelopment and mid-30s life crises mask a fairly standard tale of a love triangle.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
May 27, 2007
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.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
May 4, 2007
The pitch meeting must have been frightening: "Caché for fans of Chocolat."
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 18, 2007
A messy yet occasionally affecting drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
April 6, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/5
March 24, 2007
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 | Original Score: 7/10
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
March 21, 2007
Class friction and the ensuing cinema of paranoia evidence of the growing class divide on screen
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 18, 2007
...a handsome but regrettably underpowered and preachy movie about liberal white guilt.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 16, 2007
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 14, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
March 11, 2007
Despite its title, Breaking and Entering doesn't crack these characters and doesn't let us see inside them...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 9, 2007
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
March 9, 2007
A restrained, low-key chamber piece about immigration and gentrification, and the emotional quicksand associated with marital betrayal.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 9, 2007
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
March 9, 2007
There isn't an honest human moment in the whole movie.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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