Bread and Roses 2001

Bread and Roses

Critics Consensus

Bread and Roses has powerful moments, but it also sometimes descends into preachiness.

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Total Count: 63

79%

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User Ratings: 3,998

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In Los Angeles, illegal Mexican immigrant Maya (Pilar Padilla) finds work as a janitor through her sister, Rosa (Elpidia Carrillo). However, since both work for a non-union company, conditions are grim. After putting up with abuse from her bosses, Maya is open to the pro-union rhetoric offered by organizer Sam Shapiro (Adrien Brody). Rosa, however, is far less interested in clashing with management, given the needs of her family, and a rift begins to form between the sisters.

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Critic Reviews for Bread and Roses

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (21)

Audience Reviews for Bread and Roses

  • Mar 29, 2010
    Bread and Roses, another movie directed by Ken Loach, only this time he used American location.It felt strange as he was used to present Irish, English or Scottish locations.A young Mexican girl Maya, living the American dream,working and living in the USA came over very believable. Adrien Brody, did an excellent job, portraying the faces of injustice and helping immigrants in difficult job situations. Only this time Loach did not balance his Anti American views against the small opportunities and poverty in Mexico, and there was something missing in the movie.The acting from the main female character, Maya (Pilar Padilla),was very natural. Overall Bread and Roses worked best as a human drama.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2009
    I only watched this becuase Adrien Brody came out. The lead actress just wasn't interesting to me. I didn't care about her character's plight. It seemed to me like she made some really dumb mistakes. I didn't find anything in her character to root for. I thought the "love story" was weak. meh.
    Marion R Super Reviewer
  • Oct 23, 2008
    Repressing proletarians,oh you Loach.A political innovator of cinematic beauty and justice,Loach stumbles upon the U.S. disorder which is obviously a great matter to develop in a feature film.The lighthearted approach is confusing to say the least and impeccably incoherent.The weakest Loach in my opinion,very shallow sub-plot of a love story.
    Dimitris S Super Reviewer

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