Breaking and Entering Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ July 6, 2012
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.
Super Reviewer
May 28, 2008
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.
Super Reviewer
September 2, 2010
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
Super Reviewer
½ January 7, 2010
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.
Super Reviewer
February 9, 2007
A typical British TV drama with an ultimately pointless story, but pleasant enough to watch. The London settings and brief bits of parkour add interest.
thmtsang
Super Reviewer
½ September 22, 2007
The most dramatic thing is the movie title. Poor storyline. Weird people. Bad accents. An hour in and still nothing has happened. Waste of time. Avoid!
Super Reviewer
March 10, 2007
Entertaining and different, a love triangle with unusual circumstances. An easy laid back watch.
ajaymuthecooldevils
Super Reviewer
½ November 19, 2006
This is the third Anthony Minghella film I ever watched after English Patient and Cold Mountain and the score still same... It just an ordinary story, nothing exceptional or great about this movie... The cast didn't show their best... Jude Law, Robin Wright, and Juliette Binoche, they didn't show their best performance... Even Jude Law accent is kinda disappear in this movie, because I thought his accent makes him for having a better performance... Robin Wright, she played well in Forrest Gump but in this movie she just played very ordinary nothing special... And Juliette Binoche too... I just know that Minghella types of movies that having some sex scenes with just an ordinary story.. First English Patient, then Cold Mountain, and now Breaking And Entering, they're all just the same... Nothing special.. Maybe just Minghella can get a good cast for his movie so that makes people wants to watch his movie...
Super Reviewer
½ May 29, 2008
There are a lot of sub story lines in this movie - Liv's daughter, the hooker at King's Crossing, immigrant crime, what is urban environmental architecture, depression, cheating, etc. -- the story goes around in circles a bit. I don't understand Jude Law's character (Will).
Super Reviewer
½ December 1, 2007
A bittersweet story about an architect would should be happy...but somehow isn't. Once his building gets broken into he spends less and less time at home and more time obsessing over the fact of who this thief is and how they got in.

Along the way he gets led unexpectedly to the home of set thief and breaks into the life of his mother.

Strange, sad, beautiful and moving at times. Life can be so damn surprising sometimes. Perhaps this is a story of redemption or salvation of sorts.

Amazing acting from most of the actors in this film, the strongest I found being the roles played by Vera Farmiga, Robin Wright Penn and Juliette Binoche.
deano
Super Reviewer
½ June 4, 2007
This arresting and secret affair film directed by Anthony Minghella is a fascinating and complex story with impressive cast.
Super Reviewer
August 29, 2007
Minghella's latest keeps its audience at an emotional distance, much like that of the characters themselves. A group of complex characters lives intertwine only to have most complexity abolished by everyone stating their feelings and beliefs. It just about holds togetehr the believability and the acting is superb. Winstone shines as a compassionate policeman called Bruno Fella (brilliant name), although he has barely any screentime. Law seems to cruise along at his expected pace, and although the free-running scenes are brilliant the parts seem to be chosen on these skills rather than their acting. Rather than presenting its beliefs it froces them upon us and raises the sentimental just to make sure it achieves some connection. When people aren't discussing the movies themes the dialogue is spot on not to mention quite amusing. A good film, certainly not a great one.
Super Reviewer
July 29, 2007
Despite its title, Breaking and Entering doesn't crack these characters and doesn't let us see inside them...
Super Reviewer
January 1, 2009
Difficult to boil this one down to just a few lines. A complex story about a man torn between two very different women and their flawed children. A series of burglaries leads Will (Jude Law) to the Bosnian refuge, Amira (the ever-lovely Juliette Binoche) and her son, Miro (Rafi Gavron), a small-time hood destined for a dust-up with the law. Meanwhile, at home, his live-in girlfriend, Liv (Robin Wright Penn), struggles to provide a stable home for her child who exhibits symptoms of OCD, or possibly autism. The acting is, on every level, superb. The story is compelling and the emotional journey of each of the characters is heart-wrenchingly engaging. A name to watch for in Poppy Rogers as Liv's daughter, Bea. This viewer was captivated from start to finish. Credit the acting, but the director deserves a mention as he was able to bring out, or to make room for, the talent of the cast and to mold the film into a coherent whole. Add Juliette Binoche to my list of favorite actors. She is superb in another east european role (see also The Incredible Lightness of Being). The acting tandem along with Ms Wright-Penn was like fire and ice. A terrific film.
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
½ March 5, 2007
[font=Century Gothic]In "Breaking and Entering", Will Francis(Jude Law) is an architect who is managing a massive urban renewal project in the Kings Cross section of North London while at the same time his personal life is in disarray. His ten-year relationship with his girlfriend, Liv(Robin Wright Penn), is on the rocks which may be making the hyperactvity of her daughter, Bea(Poppy Rogers), worse.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]One night, there is a break-in at Will's office and the thieves steal every piece of high-tech equipment they can carry. One of them, a teenager, Miro(Rafi Gavron), also makes off with miniature figures from Will's demonstration model. Later, he is rewarded with Will's personal laptop computer and is fascinated by what he sees of Will's family on the computer, burning a disc of the personal images that he leaves at Will's office when it is robbed again.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Written and directed by Anthony Minghella, "Breaking and Entering" has the foundation of a good movie by having an urban architect become personally involved in the neighborhood he is working on but the movie is brought down hard by tedious melodrama, leaden pacing and dialogue so stilted even Robin Wright Penn cannot do anything with it. In fact, Minghella repeats the same pattern that led the promising "Cold Mountain" to ruin - cold, emotionless filmmaking with a couple of neat supporting performances to lighten things up.(In "Cold Mountain", it was Philip Seymour Hoffman and Renee Zellweger. Here, it is Vera Farmiga and Ray Winstone. Plus, Juliet Stevenson thankfully does have a cameo.) And the movie does end on a particularly bad note.[/font]
Super Reviewer
½ August 7, 2009
Like most of Anthony Minghella's movies, Breaking and Entering is visually very appealing. It has a very polished look but at the same time it portrays London in a very stark realistic way. The nightlife and daytime on the streets is well captured. Production design and art direction are fantastic. Benoît Delhomme's cinematography is wild. The rich score flows smoothly with the story. This movie can be viewed as a study of characters and their complex relationships. Anthony Minghella also provides a light insight into the lives of immigrants and he does a good job of suggesting, in a subtle way, how life for immigrants living in England is different from that of Britains. He also cleverly shows how the actions of one character leads to having an influence on the lives of another character. A lot of symbolism is used quite effectively, like the wandering fox referring to Will's loneliness and search. Breaking and Entering is Anthony Minghella's movie and it's quite a change from his previous movies which were set in different times. It is this man who skillfully puts it all together.
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Super Reviewer
½ April 25, 2009
I was overall disappointed with the film. Jude Law and Juliette Binoche are great in the film. So is Vera Farmiga, in her small supporting role. However, the film feels unfocused. The pacing is off. It feels like 2 films that are not connected in one film. It is sad that this was Anthony Minghella's last film.
Super Reviewer
October 6, 2007
Why did this film not get the attention that it deserved?? It certainly had the box office clout of both Jude Law and Juliette Binoche behind it. If you didn't catch it, give it a rent at the video store.
Super Reviewer
½ December 19, 2006
None of the ideas in this film feel like they're given enough consideration. It's a script full of interesting material and characters, but ultimately it's too languid and the occasional emphasis is on the wrong things. Nevertheless, there are a lot of very well-executed scenes and the overall effect isn't a negative one. It's a gently beautiful movie, with striking photography and sure-handed direction from veteran Anthony Minghella. The performances are uniformly strong, with a stand-out from the great talent that is Jude Law. As a closing work to a fantastic career, it isn't Minghella's most noteworthy work. However, it's still a well-made and fairly interesting film.
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