Breaking and Entering (2007)

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Critic Consensus: This class warfare drama feels contrived and superficial: characters don't act logically as the movie manipulates them towards deconstructing various social issues.

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In this Anthony Minghella film, a young landscape architect (Jude Law) with a state-of-the-art office in a dangerous neighborhood in the Kings Cross section of London suffers repeated burglaries. This sets into motion a chain of related events and clashes between ethnicities, forcing the architect to reexamine his life.
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R (for sexuality and language)
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Drama
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$880,510.00
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Cast

Jude Law
as Will Francis
Juliet Stevenson
as Rosemary
Ray Winstone
as Bruno Fella
Emma Buckley
as PC Erin Carter
Dado Jehan
as Guitarist at Boasnian Center
Lisa Kay
as PC Primus
Mark Benton
as Legge
Ed Westwick
as Zoran
Serge Soric
as Courier
Michael Smiley
as Thaddeus
Rad Lazar
as Dragan
Michael Shaeffer
as Soho Media Man
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Critic Reviews for Breaking and Entering

All Critics (127) | Top Critics (45)

The complicated interactions involving class and culture that ensue between all these characters remain fascinating even when they seem overly schematic.

Full Review… | March 18, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Though Binoche does very solid work, she can't sell the idea of her and Law as a couple; the chemistry isn't there. Not much else rings true in Minghella's screenplay, which is full of coincidences and speeches about race and class.

August 21, 2007
New York Post
Top Critic

Despite its arty construction and clever dialogue, Breaking and Entering leaves us too chilly to care.

Full Review… | March 2, 2007
Denver Post
Top Critic

Breaking and Entering offers a kinder, gentler version of London's strife than we're accustomed to seeing. Not all parts of the script are equally well-developed, and sometimes it seems as if we're looking at drama under glass.

March 2, 2007
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

As with all of Minghella's films, there's intelligence and texture and depth and feeling, though here the emotions can seem frostbitten. Perhaps the first thing that wasn't working and needed to be fully broken to heal was the script.

March 1, 2007
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Maybe Jude Law should take some time off from acting. Maybe Juliette Binoche should get a new dialect coach. Maybe Anthony Minghella should try writing a movie ending that doesn't make everybody groan.

Full Review… | February 16, 2007
Toronto Star
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Audience Reviews for Breaking and Entering

½

Anthony Minghella's script, about family, motherhood, immigration, urban renewal, integration, is maybe overambitious as not every subject is handled, or settled, with resolve. Nonetheless the proceedings never fail to be interesting and some moments sparkle.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Minghella has to do with a very undefined and illogical screenplay that makes it all feel distant and the director still manages to bring to the screen some very nice and emotional moments. This is not a disaster, but surely could have been without Minghella's sensitive touch and the good cast.

Emile Tremblay
Emile Tremblay

Super Reviewer

There was just too much going on to know what was the REAL story being told. The build up is way too slow because where the movie ends, to me, is where the story really had potential. To me the "thief" is the story, but it is lost with all the unnecessary scenes in bathtubs! Does it require acting for Jude Law to portray a man incapable of monogamy? lol

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

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