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Dirty Pretty Things Reviews

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.
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.
August 22, 2003
This is the sort of film that requires your full attention -- and then amply rewards it with a wealth of nuances.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 15, 2003
Ejiofor, a veteran British stage actor, is well cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 15, 2003
It is Frears' sure directorial hand, along with some deft performances, that keeps Dirty Pretty Things from ever edging into the risible.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 15, 2003
This is a sordid story but ultimately not a depressing one.
Read More | Original Score: A
August 15, 2003
Few movies create such perfect pitch among character, plot and setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 15, 2003
Quietly mesmerizing and emotionally satisfying.
Read More | Original Score: B+
August 15, 2003
Although the film delves into an interesting topic -- black marketeers trading in human flesh -- the approach is far too clinical.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 3, 2003
Throughout his career, Frears has taken chances, and only on rare occasions has he missed the mark. Dirty Pretty Things is right on target.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 2, 2003
Half love story, half horror story, it's like an urban legend with a conscience.
Read More | Original Score: B-
August 1, 2003
If you go with the film -- and I did -- it will be because the quiet empathy of the central performances carries you over the plot holes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 1, 2003
The acting is superb in Dirty Pretty Things, especially Ejiofor as the embattled Okwe and Tautou as the exploited Senay.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 1, 2003
Frears has made a string of fine films on both sides of the Atlantic ... and here he's touched down on a London few know.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 1, 2003
A classic piece of Frears's fine carpentry.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 1, 2003
It ponders human worth, physical and emotional, with a mix of outrage and tenderness that's hard to fault.
Read More | Original Score: B
August 1, 2003
Dirty Pretty Things is in fact dirty and pretty, reminding us how much beauty there can be in the things we would rather not see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 1, 2003
It offers as its hero an extraordinary fellow: He's an authentic moral being who, though the universe has gone all twisty-crazy into greed, mendacity and manipulation, nevertheless clings to his own code.
August 1, 2003
Frears and his writer, Steve Knight, use the power of the thriller and avoid the weaknesses in giving us, really, two movies for the price of one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 1, 2003
A unique gem.
July 31, 2003
[Frears'] finest, most polished, provocative work in a decade.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 31, 2003
As remarkably moving as Ejiofor's redemptive performance.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 31, 2003
A suspense movie that works bracingly well as a genre thriller while also offering gems of social portraiture and a lacerating expose of current conditions among illegal London aliens.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 25, 2003
All told, the best ensemble cast I've seen this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 25, 2003
This is one of those modest imports that can be enjoyed more for its character portraits, which are complex and poignant, than for its rather melodramatic story line.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 22, 2003
There's barely a false note among the cast.
July 21, 2003
Dirty Pretty Things is sharp and weird ...
July 19, 2003
Dirty Pretty Things doesn't quite cut to the bone, but it gets as far as a couple of vital organs.
July 19, 2003
[Frears] can't keep his eye on the ball.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 19, 2003
Frears' vision of London's invisible work force is never less than captivating and warmly sympathetic, and Ejiofor's performance is a portrait of exhausted dignity that will stick with you for years.
July 18, 2003
It is dirtier than pretty, yet Frears finds beauty in the telling.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 18, 2003
Fueled by gripping suspense, dark humor and outraged humanity, the film is a modern horror story that means to shake you, and does.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 18, 2003
A swift, tangy drama.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 18, 2003
Thank you, Britain, for sending us another smart alternative to the big, dumb and noisy stink bombs that have polluted the summer movie schedule so far.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 18, 2003
Disturbing and intriguing, Dirty Pretty Things fits a great deal into its 94 quicksilver minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 17, 2003
A suspenseful, entertaining movie.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 17, 2003
Things is jammed with banner-ready political rhetoric, and the relentlessness of the lectures is wearying.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 16, 2003
The film suffers from a screenplay full of labored attempts at wit by Steven Knight, and characters who barely make it off the page alive.
July 15, 2003
The Hollywood-formula framework is built on a decidedly un-Hollywood foundation in terms of subject matter, worldview, and plausible casting.
September 21, 2002
An odd hybrid -- part thriller, part social commentary, part quirky comedy -- that adds up to something that's entertaining, enlightening and highly original.