Bread and Roses Reviews

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October 10, 2002
March 5, 2002
It doesn't really succeed in illustrating the workers' plights in a way that is ultimately sympathetic.
July 23, 2001
It might make emotional sense, but it doesn't make legal sense, and the plot rests heavily on legal issues.
June 22, 2001
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
Isn't a bad movie, just a painfully obvious one.
June 11, 2001
Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty draw everything in simplistic, overstated terms.
June 8, 2001
A tough sell.
June 8, 2001
A picture without much passion.
June 8, 2001
The problem with Ken Loach's half-Spanish, half-English film isn't the lefty politics, it's that the Brit knows nothing about Los Angeles.
June 7, 2001
Has a sort of straw-man quality.
June 1, 2001
The entire blend just doesn't jell.
June 1, 2001
Give me a heroine who isn't so egocentric and utterly worthless.
May 31, 2001
Loach is more committed to his message than to his characters.
May 31, 2001
Loach's politics are almost as insultingly simplistic as his melodramatic plotting and one-dimensional characters.
May 31, 2001
It often feels inauthentic, sometimes preachy.
May 29, 2001
Builds to the kind of derisorily bittersweet finale that earmarks productions that are infatuated with their own beliefs.
May 29, 2001
Brody ... gives the movie a comedic side that is jarringly out of place with the rest of the drama.
May 11, 2001
The script's dull, the long improvised scenes could use some polish and inexperienced newcomer Padilla leaves an emotional vacuum in the center of the drama.
May 10, 2001
The whole thing has a feel of bad propaganda to it.
May 5, 2001
An involving story is lost under preachiness.
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