The film suffers from a screenplay full of labored attempts at wit by Steven Knight, and characters who barely make it off the page alive.
Phony and unmoving.
| Original Score: C-
It's the didactic dialogue... and the plot contrivances... that might produce snickers.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Things is jammed with banner-ready political rhetoric, and the relentlessness of the lectures is wearying.
| Original Score: C
[Frears] can't keep his eye on the ball.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Although the film delves into an interesting topic -- black marketeers trading in human flesh -- the approach is far too clinical.
| Original Score: 3/5
Frears ensures that Dirty Pretty Things is, well, pretty to look at, but has a more difficult time deciding whether it's drama or comedy he's after.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Just another unconventional romance about organ removal.
| Original Score: 5/10
...an incredibly entertaining picture with a first-rate ensemble cast. It seems to unwind at precisely the right pace, and its gritty look is never ostentatiously "beautiful"
| Original Score: A-
Frears and his writer, Steve Knight, use the power of the thriller and avoid the weaknesses in giving us, really, two movies for the price of one.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Throughout his career, Frears has taken chances, and only on rare occasions has he missed the mark. Dirty Pretty Things is right on target.
The film's smooth suspense and endearing pathos wipe any dirt away from this involving film.
Dirty Pretty Things is sharp and weird ...
Frears directs with compassion, humor and, in a scene in which Tautou's co-workers try to head her off as she nears a disaster at work, suspense.
| Original Score: 3/4
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
| Original Score: B
An intelligent and extremely well-made romantic drama that tells an intriguing story with economy and insight.
It offers as its hero an extraordinary fellow: He's an authentic moral being who, though the universe has gone all twisty-crazy into greed, mendacity and manipulation, nevertheless clings to his own code.
The refreshing subject alone makes Dirty Pretty Things an excellent thriller; the thoughtful approach makes it one of the best films of the year.
| Original Score: A
Your fingernails will still be chewed to the bone.
| Original Score: 9/10