My Beautiful Laundrette Reviews

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Sue Heal
Radio Times
May 13, 2013
This seminal 1980s movie launched a plethora of now distinguished careers, including those of director Stephen Frears and Daniel Day-Lewis.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 13, 2013
There isn't a performance in this film that is less than excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
May 31, 2003
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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 25, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It is with some relief that we realize it isn't "about" anything; it's simply some weeks spent with some characters in a way that tells us more about some aspects of modern Britain than we've seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 6/8
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
June 28, 2011
[VIDEO ESSAY] "My Beautiful Launderette" is a milestone of British cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Variety Staff
Variety
June 18, 2008
As always, director Stephen Frears does a superb job of work when given a good script, and this is a very good script.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
July 3, 2003
Unusual and quirky.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
June 7, 2003
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.
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
October 29, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 74/100
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 2, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 13, 2013
Fast, bold, harsh and primitive like a prodigious student film with equal parts promise and threat.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
December 15, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
April 18, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
June 29, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
September 7, 1985
This story of complicated human beings trying to get by in a morally confusing world made director Stephen Frears' name on the international stage, and it remains highly watchable today.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
December 18, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
May 13, 2013
Director Stephen Frears and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi are better at depicting a new milieu than in making an important or innovative statement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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