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Brick Lane (2008)

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66

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 99
Fresh: 65 | Rotten: 34

Frustratingly slow-moving, but ultimately saved by Chatterjee's solid acting and Gavron's gentle patience.

59

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 13

Frustratingly slow-moving, but ultimately saved by Chatterjee's solid acting and Gavron's gentle patience.

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Average Rating: 3/5
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The story of a beautiful young Bangladeshi woman, Nazneen, who arrives in 1980s London, leaving behind her beloved sister and home, for an arranged marriage and a new life. Trapped within the four walls of her flat in East London, and in a loveless marriage with the middle aged Chanu, she fears her soul is quietly dying. Her sister Hasina, meanwhile, continues to live a carefree life back in Bangladesh, stumbling from one adventure to the next. Nazneen struggles to accept her own lifestyle, and

PG-13,

Drama

Monica Ali, Abi Morgan, Laura Jones

Jan 13, 2009

$1.0M

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All Critics (102) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (65) | Rotten (34) | DVD (6)

Kaushik is remarkable as Chanu, a role that demands he be a buffoonish, yet loving man, intelligent beneath his self-aggrandizing attitudes, oversized ambitions and determined cheerfulness.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Small, intimate and achingly modern, Brick Lane is a lovely study involving both one woman's awakening and the inevitability of cross-cultural pollination.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Brick Lane is a grown-up movie. It recognizes that there are different kinds of love and that some of them don't involve happily-ever-afters.

July 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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[A] quietly observant and quite beautiful adaptation of the Monica Ali novel.

July 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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As the plot unfolds, it becomes apparent that director Sarah Gavron also finds attractive people more sympathetic, and this is Brick Lane's undoing.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A warm bath in comfortable platitudes.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

A blandly earnest coming-of-age story.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Brick Lane is lovely to look at and the performances, particularly from Chatterjee and Kaushik, are delightful.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Despite the fine performances, Brick Lane comes across as a nice soap opera when it promised much more.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

In Chanu, it creates an indelible protagonist. He thinks he is a man of ideas. He is a man who, when it counts, is full of common sense and uncommon feeling.

September 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

As long as Brick Lane remains focused on Nazneen, it succeeds admirably.

September 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Playback:stl
Playback:stl

... an intriguing and visually interesting film that in aggregate never escapes the genre ghetto. It is another immigration song, a glancing curiosity that never really penetrates our preconceived romantic illusions.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Relative newcomer Chatterjee is a revelation as Nazneen. It's her character's predicament that holds our interest.

August 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Brick Lane, by director Sarah Gavron and Angela's Ashes screenwriter Laura Jones, is, like Mira Nair's film The Namesake, a heartfelt portrait of the new immigrant experience.

August 8, 2008
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The slant is feminist, but the most interesting character is not the saintly and long-suffering wife but her initially ridiculous husband (wonderfully played by Satish Kaushik).

August 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The story has many themes to contend with and sometimes accordingly becomes unfocused, but when fully controlled it's also quite moving and surprising.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Chanu, a torrent of frustration who seems to be no more happy with the union than his wife is, confronts Karim in a memorable scene that packs a spark the rest of the film lacks.

July 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Taken for what it is, Brick Lane is something entirely its own.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Poignant and subtle, it tackles cross-cultural conflict and racial intolerance.

July 14, 2008 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

Brick Lane is so lovely that even a simple shot of empty hangers in a closet shimmers.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The film's heart can't be faulted, but its head is working in a regrettably low gear.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Audience Reviews for Brick Lane

As a Westernised woman watching this film you really feel a sense of imprisionment and control the main character felt within the marriage and you really see the film through her eyes all the way through.

It isn?t quite the story the synopsis explains it to be, which as it happens turns out to be a much better film because of it, it creates a gritty, realistic plot with the post 911 affects in the background story.

A very enjoyable Drama with depth and perspective, I was reminded lots of the Color Purple whilst watching this film.
June 19, 2010
76Majikat

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A very touching story about a Woman filled with Hopes and Dreams which are shattered in to thousand pieces later.
December 1, 2009
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Wahida K

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This calm and quiet film tells the story of a Bangladeshi woman that gets married to far away London, where we find her 16 years later with husband and daughters, struggling in her uneventful life and still hoping to return back home to her sister. How a couple of events change her mind about her dreams is carried by unknown but very natural and talented actors and a gorgeous cinematography. And although nothing terribly exciting happens throughout the film we still hope for Nazneen to live a happier life and follow her story, as the events of 9/11 make her life even a little more complicated. In its best moments, where only small gestures tell us so much about the characters, that's touching and heart-warming, but of course little spectacular and sometimes a little slow. Still worth seeing for people with the right mind set.
August 21, 2009
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

A look into the life of a Bangladeshi immigrant living in Brick Lane, London, with her family & husband from an arranged marriage. It's a fairly average, pleasant TV drama. The most interesting character development actually centres around her husband.
February 14, 2009
RossCollinsUK

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