This seminal 1980s movie launched a plethora of now distinguished careers, including those of director Stephen Frears and Daniel Day-Lewis.
| Original Score: 5/5
It's Daniel Day Lewis, taut, intelligent, erotic, who is an emerging star.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Fast, bold, harsh and primitive like a prodigious student film with equal parts promise and threat.
There isn't a performance in this film that is less than excellent.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Expertly acted throughout, this remains a definitive snapshot of British life in the 1980s.
This is a uniquely plausible portrait of life in England, yet its appeal isn't limited to social realism -- it also has a twist of buoyant fantasy and romance
This new British picture raises enough issues for a half-dozen more conventional movies. And though this approach makes for a structure that's a little shaky, the film somehow holds together.
Director Stephen Frears and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi are better at depicting a new milieu than in making an important or innovative statement.
| Original Score: 3/4
[VIDEO ESSAY] "My Beautiful Launderette" is a milestone of British cinema.
| Original Score: A
An intriguing tale about race, sexuality, and politics in the New London, splendidly played by Daniel day Lewis as the gay punk.
| Original Score: A-
As always, director Stephen Frears does a superb job of work when given a good script, and this is a very good script.
The strength of the film is its vision -- cutting, compassionate and sometimes hilarious -- of what it means to be Asian, and British, in Thatcher's Britain.
When it works, it's a sophisticated and modestly ambitious attempt to cast a glance at a minority culture struggling to gain a foothold in a troubling time and place.
| Original Score: 74/100
Director Stephen Frears and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi have fashioned a wonderfully fresh examination of the political and racial climate of Margaret Thatcher's Britain.
| Original Score: 4/4
Unusual and quirky.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A gritty and imaginative English film offering a grim portrait of societal disintegration during the 1980s in a country rife with racial tensions and a thriving underground economy.
While Personal Best and Making Love have faded into obscurity as The Celluloid Closet footnotes, My Beautiful Laundrette has become a benchmark in the 80s new queer cinema.
A fascinating, eccentric, very personal movie.
| Original Score: 4/5
Kureishi's script brims with terrific lines that are expertly delivered by the entire cast, while the story's romance still seems powerful, fresh and honest.
At times puzzling due to the diverse panorama of subject matter, the film nevertheless corners touchy issues more than it flinches them.