My Beautiful Laundrette Reviews

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
May 13, 2013
It's Daniel Day Lewis, taut, intelligent, erotic, who is an emerging star.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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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.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
May 13, 2013
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
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2013
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.
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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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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.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
A fascinating, eccentric, very personal movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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