Breaking and Entering Reviews

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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
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+
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
May 4, 2007
The pitch meeting must have been frightening: "Caché for fans of Chocolat."
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
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
Pete Hammond
Maxim
March 2, 2007
An intimate, but intriguing drama. It refuses to be categorized.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 16, 2007
A sharp study in contrasts built on sturdy performances, Breaking and Entering manages to tackle immigration, youthful rebellion, family dynamics and, yes, love. The title doesn't merely refer to buildings, it also refers to hearts.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
February 16, 2007
Breaking and Entering, not unlike a pair of other English dramas of recent vintage (Notes on a Scandal and The Queen), provides further proof that so-called serious filmmaking can be equally entertaining and provocative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 9, 2007
Anthony Minghella's Breaking and Entering shimmers with good intentions and competency: Its blue/gray palette is elegant and unobtrusive; its cast is uniformly fine with occasional startling moments of brilliance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
February 9, 2007
Its waywardness may not make for the tightest of narratives, but it certainly gives the movie the pulse of real, random life
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
February 9, 2007
Minghella successfully returns to smaller more intimate fare.
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
February 8, 2007
Plays by its own rules and hopes prospective audiences are patient enough to follow characters whose lives are more rewarding to watch than the ho-hum plot surrounding them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
February 8, 2007
For all its contrivances (including Vera Farmiga's improbably erudite whore), Breaking and Entering has its finger on the pulse of contemporary London life and possesses its share of fleeting delights.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 8, 2007
The film gives us hope about our ability to become better people when we're faced with difficult situations, but it's not sentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
February 8, 2007
A smart, well-mannered film that could use a little more juice and fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
January 27, 2007
A shrewd and decent movie.
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
January 27, 2007
Weak as both a forbiden afair drama due to the non existant chemistry of the illicit couple, and as a sociological exploration of the relationships between the rich white man and the ghetto boy, or even as a political approach of the Bosnian drama, B&E on
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 26, 2007
Breaking and Entering climaxes in a welter of apologies. Everyone in London, it seems, has cause for remorse and for my part I regret that I lost count of the number of times the words 'I'm sorry' were uttered on screen.
| Original Score: 2/5
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
January 14, 2011
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 24, 2007

Sydney Morning Herald
January 27, 2007
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
November 11, 2006
Full of interesting characters, intelligently conceived scenes and funny lines...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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