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Dirty Pretty Things Reviews

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Nick Rogers
September 25, 2010
Although Steve Knight's Oscar-nominated script gets a bit on the nose discussing those who pretty that which we dirty, it tells a compelling tale of perseverance, with a final sound effect like hope gaining altitude.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Philip French
Observer (UK)
November 27, 2007
Here he strikes a perfect balance between social commentary and melodrama, while nudging his actors to turn potentially stereotypical figures (eg, a virginal waif, a golden-hearted whore, a philosophical Chinese) into three-dimensional people.
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David Stratton
November 27, 2007
An intelligent and extremely well-made romantic drama that tells an intriguing story with economy and insight.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 27, 2007
An impressive mix of entertainment and social comment, spinning a great mystery even as it confronts an ugly world.
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 21, 2006
Dirty Pretty Things benefits from the best script...hands down, written for a movie released in 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A sympathetic, engaging and politically astute slice of modern urban realism, set in the twilight world of London's community of recent immigrants and asylum seekers, and directed with Frears' habitual professionalism and sensitivity.
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Offers a frills-free meditation on the many faces of oppression.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
March 5, 2005
It's involving, well-directed and well-acted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
A tour through shady dealings and sufferings that could be set in any big city on either side of the Atlantic. Frears ... cleverly dodges the curse of social dilemma films.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 8, 2005
...an incredibly entertaining picture with a first-rate ensemble cast. It seems to unwind at precisely the right pace, and its gritty look is never ostentatiously "beautiful"
| Original Score: A-
Tony Medley
October 7, 2004
The less you know the more you'll enjoy it.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
September 5, 2004
Even when bad things happen to these people, one can't help but believe that things will one day get better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
May 21, 2004
The synchronicity between script, stars and cinematography falls square on the shoulders of Frears, however, and he fully realizes the potential.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 27, 2004
When is a thriller not a thriller? When British director Stephen Frears makes it.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Kent Turner
April 16, 2004
It's the didactic dialogue... and the plot contrivances... that might produce snickers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
March 25, 2004
A quirky, gritty look at life in the London underworld where immigrants work crappy jobs and trade kidneys for citizenship.
| Original Score: B+
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
January 17, 2004
Like a dark, grimy version of Casablanca.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Greg Muskewitz
December 31, 2003
Like Ejiofor's role, Dirty Pretty Things is nonpareil; they remain in a league of their own. They also belong in a small league for 2003: that which may not be missed.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 19, 2003
In 'Dirty Pretty Things,' filmmakers weave complex story threads into a cinematic tapestry of fear, suspense and compassion.
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
December 15, 2003
A film that will leave most people who actually see it feeling moderately impressed, but uneasily aware that they are not being told anything approaching the whole truth.
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