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Breaking and Entering Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
February 15, 2007
[Minghella has] simply traded the turgid solemnity of the period epic for the turgid solemnity of the indie drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 1, 2007
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 18, 2007
...a handsome but regrettably underpowered and preachy movie about liberal white guilt.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
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Roger Ebert
RogerEbert.com
February 9, 2007
What are the meaningful connections between these people's lives? Are they real and significant, or are they just plot contrivances, the manipulation of pawns in an onscreen board game?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 5, 2006
Perhaps the kindest way to describe Anthony Minghella's Breaking and Entering is to say it's evident as being broken fairly early during the proceedings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
December 14, 2006
Breaking and Entering sighs and whimpers and waffles until, far from losing myself in this timid movie, I found myself wishing it would speak up.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 9, 2007
Starts busily, and soon becomes a bafflement -- such an interesting cast, such technical excellence, so many intricate details and parallel plot threads, yet so little clarity or urgency.
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
January 10, 2007
Minghella should be complimented on at least attemptingsomething cerebral, but the experiment falls short. The schematic screenplay complete with bald symbols ... and the various aspects of both "breaking" and "entering" that are employed devalue the fina
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 14, 2007
A story of thievery and a torrid love affair, it takes a capable filmmaker and a skilled cast and locks them up in a holding cell of pretense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 27, 2009
One-hundred percent uncut bourgeois fantasy
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
February 16, 2007
For all its Bergmanesque agonizing, the film never digs too far under the surface. It fails to break and enter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
December 12, 2006
Jude Law needs to get a new agent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
December 1, 2006
From its class warfare premise to the presence of Juliette Binoche, Breaking and Entering plays out like a softer, more cuddly version of Michael Haneke's Caché.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
January 30, 2007
Minghella seems intent on making Merchant-Ivory films now, and I don't mean that in a good way.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
December 13, 2006
Weepy. Rich people morals.
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Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
March 21, 2007
Class friction and the ensuing cinema of paranoia evidence of the growing class divide on screen
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
March 11, 2007
Despite its title, Breaking and Entering doesn't crack these characters and doesn't let us see inside them...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
December 30, 2006
Another boring, messy, pessimistic relationship movie about men cheating and women behaving cruelly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 16, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 8, 2007
The first third of the movie is intelligent and sets up an intriguing premise. Then the plot takes unconvincing and unlikely turns that result in an ending that feels false and forced.
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