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Dirty Pretty Things Reviews

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March 12, 2018
This hypnotic, chilling thriller deals with people living in the margins: in this case, London's exploited immigrants...Steven Knight's smart, if overly plotted, script delivers social insights tautly wrapped in genre thrills.
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
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
November 27, 2007
An intelligent and extremely well-made romantic drama that tells an intriguing story with economy and insight.
November 27, 2007
An impressive mix of entertainment and social comment, spinning a great mystery even as it confronts an ugly world.
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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.
December 12, 2005
With his new film, the 2002 Toronto Film Fest favorite Dirty Pretty Things, Frears returns to the realm of the dark and twisted with gutsy aplomb.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 6, 2005
Offers a frills-free meditation on the many faces of oppression.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 16, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 5, 2005
It's involving, well-directed and well-acted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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-
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"
Read More | Original Score: A-
October 7, 2004
The less you know the more you'll enjoy it.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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
May 21, 2004
The synchronicity between script, stars and cinematography falls square on the shoulders of Frears, however, and he fully realizes the potential.
April 27, 2004
When is a thriller not a thriller? When British director Stephen Frears makes it.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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+
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