Bread and Roses (2001)



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

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A young Mexican woman crosses the border into LA to join her sister, who works as a janitor in some of the city's largest corporate offices. Surrounded by the machinations of big business, the sisters seek happiness on a smaller but more human scale as they try to organize a janitorial union.
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Jack McGee
as Bert
Monica Rivas
as Simona
Melody Garrett
as Cynthia
Gigi Jackman
as Dolores
Jesus Perez
as Oscar
Estela Maeda
as Teresa
Jose Jimenez
as Freddy
Julian Orea
as Coyote
Javier Torres
as Coyote
Blake Clark
as Mr. Griffin
Pepe Serna
as Restauranteur
Tony Rizzoli
as Personnel Manager
Tom Gilroy
as Director of Campaigns
Neal Baer
as Doctor
Ted Baer
as Lawyer
Terry Anzur
as Reporter
Greg Montgomery
as Supervising Policeman
Clement Blake
as Gas Station Attendant
Tom Michael Bailey
as Truck Driver
Richard Bravo
as I.M.S. Officer
Vanessa Angel
as Herself (uncredited)
William Atherton
as Himself (uncredited)
Lara Belmont
as Herself (uncredited)
Cooper Campbell
as Himself (uncredited)
Benicio Del Toro
as Himself (uncredited)
Oded Fehr
as Himself (uncredited)
Stuart Gordon
as Himself (uncredited)
Rick Otto
as Himself (uncredited)
Chris Penn
as Himself (uncredited)
Ron Perlman
as Himself (uncredited)
Tim Roth
as Himself (uncredited)
Robin Tunney
as Herself (uncredited)
Sam West
as Herself (uncredited)
Stephanie Zimbalist
as Herself (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Bread and Roses

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (20)

There's every reason to watch Bread and Roses

July 12, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

Loach treats [the story] as a late-breaking sidebar to a narrative that essentially amounts to a tract on the glories of unskilled trade unionism.

June 22, 2001
Detroit News
Top Critic

Isn't a bad movie, just a painfully obvious one.

June 22, 2001
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

As didactic as it sometimes gets, its heart is always bigger than its ideology.

June 15, 2001
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty draw everything in simplistic, overstated terms.

Full Review… | June 11, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

There are many intimate scenes that make the characters of Sam, Rosa and Maya very personal.

June 11, 2001
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Bread and Roses

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  Maduro
Daisy Maduro

Super Reviewer

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 Ravenwood
Marion Ravenwood

Super Reviewer

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 Springer
Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

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