Dirty Pretty Things Reviews

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Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
December 3, 2003
It's smart and it's raw and it's edgy, an urban thriller that exposes London's ugly corners in ways that the city might sooner want you to forget.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 2, 2003
Shows us a world of invisible, yet heroic people that we often take care not to see.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
October 24, 2003
My favorite part of this film was lead actress Audrey Tatou.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
October 23, 2003
Contando com um roteiro maduro, o filme não oferece respostas fáceis para as questões que apresenta; aqui nada se resume a 'bom' ou 'mau', 'preto' ou 'branco': em vez disso, tudo se encontra em uma ambígua zona moral de tons cinzas.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
September 28, 2003
It does not revel in the darkness, nor does it seek to drag us down into it. The whole point is that you gotta do what you gotta do, and that philosophy has some hope to it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
September 26, 2003
When good people find themselves in bad situations, the drama is inherent, and in Stephen Frears' Dirty Pretty Things, it's also intense and nonstop.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
September 14, 2003
It's certainly a sick urban legend worth indulging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
September 11, 2003
A tightly constructed exercise, bearing real humanist payoffs.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 11, 2003
Frears hasn't made a movie this compelling since Sammy and Rosie Get Laid in 1987.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
September 5, 2003
Here's a film that zags almost every time you think it's going to zig. And then when you think you've got it figured out -- and are sure it's going to zag -- it zigs all over again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
September 5, 2003
Frears, now 62, hasn't lost his edge or social consciousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
September 5, 2003
Cool -- trenchant social commentary and a tight little suspense drama, all wrapped up in one smooth package by director Stephen Frears.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jon Lap
Apollo Guide
September 4, 2003
Frears has continually built on the foundation of Griffith's A Corner in Wheat and Chaplin's The Immigrant.
Full Review | Original Score: 77/100
Sean O'Connell
Eclipse Magazine
September 4, 2003
If Dirty in the film's title refers to the hotel's happenings, then Pretty describes Ejiofor's tremendous performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 1, 2003
Ejiofor's performance ranks among the best of the year...
| Original Score: 3/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
August 31, 2003
A fascinating sight to behold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 28, 2003
The film's smooth suspense and endearing pathos wipe any dirt away from this involving film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Danny Minton
KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
August 25, 2003
Believe it or not - it is a lot of fun to watch - despite the eerie subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
August 22, 2003
These are characters that draw you in and make you care, making it impossible to pull away.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
August 22, 2003
In the grand tradition of visceral fiction, a physical response to a spiritual injustice.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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