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Breaking and Entering Reviews

September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: D
March 18, 2008
The complicated interactions involving class and culture that ensue between all these characters remain fascinating even when they seem overly schematic.
August 22, 2007
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 2, 2007
Despite its arty construction and clever dialogue, Breaking and Entering leaves us too chilly to care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 2, 2007
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.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
February 16, 2007
A movie that is so tightly wrapped in highbrow airs and lofty significance, it forgets how to breathe. Only Vera Farmiga brings any trace of personality or spontaneity to the picture.
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
February 16, 2007
A sharp study in contrasts built on sturdy performances, Breaking and Entering manages to tackle immigration, youthful rebellion, family dynamics and, yes, love. The title doesn't merely refer to buildings, it also refers to hearts.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 16, 2007
Breaking and Entering, not unlike a pair of other English dramas of recent vintage (Notes on a Scandal and The Queen), provides further proof that so-called serious filmmaking can be equally entertaining and provocative.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 16, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: D
February 15, 2007
With its overwritten, every-hair-in-place script, Breaking and Entering robs itself of reality.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
February 9, 2007
Anthony Minghella's Breaking and Entering shimmers with good intentions and competency: Its blue/gray palette is elegant and unobtrusive; its cast is uniformly fine with occasional startling moments of brilliance.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 9, 2007
Everything flows from the film's fundamental lethargy -- a hero without a spine, a romance without joy and a crime with neither moral rebuke nor consequences. No surprise that the story, like the protagonist, floats along in a noodly sort of way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 9, 2007
Breaking and Entering is about a kind of white privileged guilt and the apologies that come with it. Minghella gingerly backs away from provocation, from realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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.
February 8, 2007
For all its contrivances (including Vera Farmiga's improbably erudite whore), Breaking and Entering has its finger on the pulse of contemporary London life and possesses its share of fleeting delights.
February 8, 2007
A smart, well-mannered film that could use a little more juice and fire.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 8, 2007
Breaking and Entering just hangs there, positing its theme of how the personal becomes political and the political becomes personal over and over, without ever grabbing either your heart or your mind.
Read More | Original Score: C
February 8, 2007
Seeing the film is like attending a refined cocktail party where social problems are clucked over and personal tensions are politely disregarded. When it's over, you wish you'd gone to a bar where people know how to have an argument and throw a punch.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 3, 2007
Minghella has drawn intimate love stories from supernatural fantasies and widescreen epics, but not even he can turn sappy corn into social commentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
January 27, 2007
A shrewd and decent movie.
January 27, 2007
Go see Anthony Minghella's jagged new drama, Breaking and Entering, and you'll feel as if you're getting two movies for the price of a single ticket. The bad news? Only one of these stories is actually worth your money.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 27, 2007
Breaking and Entering is so bloodless that even Minghella's best ideas come off as wan and pale. We're aware of the angst and confusion these characters suffer, and yet the movie shows us nothing so messy as real pain.
January 26, 2007
Breaking and Entering climaxes in a welter of apologies. Everyone in London, it seems, has cause for remorse and for my part I regret that I lost count of the number of times the words 'I'm sorry' were uttered on screen.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 25, 2007
If Breaking and Entering were a piece of music, it would be the kind to which you'd have to either listen closely the first time around or listen again to make sure you didn't miss anything.
January 25, 2007
... a dull and dreary snooze.
January 25, 2007
All in all, Breaking and Entering isn't a bad start for 2007.
January 25, 2007
... despite Minghella's admirable attempt to tackle major themes on an intimate scale, the film goes down like weak tea.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 24, 2007
... nothing but hot air.
January 16, 2007
Many talented directors have a Breaking and Entering in them, and some -- like Anthony Minghella -- have the misfortune of being successful enough to have it green-lit.
December 30, 2006
Minghella raises some interesting questions on the subject of exile - whether from one's country, family, ethnic identity or self. But his conclusions feel pious and pat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 18, 2006
It's a very smart film.
December 17, 2006
[Breaking and Entering is a] sophisticated and wonderfully particular character study...
Read More | Original Score: B
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.
December 11, 2006
In the end, the film wraps up awfully neatly considering how sloppy and unraveled the characters' lives had been at the height of their conflicts.
Top Critic
December 11, 2006
...This is a movie that plods while we keep hoping it will soar.
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
October 30, 2006
Diffuse, disappointing, and strangely out of touch.
September 23, 2006
An odd mix of the sophisticated and the sentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 15, 2006
Anthony Minghella's film is conspicuously thoughtful and civilized as it provides a close-up snapshot of particular aspects of life in London at this moment.
September 15, 2006
What gives the movie its intrigue and vitality though is the neighborhood where the story takes place.