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Filth and Wisdom, while certainly ambitious, is mostly unconvincing and incoherent. Read critic reviews

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Movie Info

Three London flat-mates (Eugene Hutz, Holly Weston, Vicky McClure) toil at demeaning jobs while dreaming of better lives.

Cast & Crew

Richard E. Grant
Professor Flynn
Elliot Levey
Business Man
Stephen Graham
Harry Beecham
Shobu Kapoor
Sardeep's Wife
Madonna
Director
Madonna
Executive Producer
Tim Maurice-Jones
Cinematographer
Russell Icke
Film Editor
Gideon Ponte
Production Design
Max Bellhouse
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Critic Reviews for Filth and Wisdom

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  • Sep 12, 2011
    Is Madonna's "Filth and Wisdom" as bad as you've heard? Well, I have to say yes. When the film came out, it was savaged by critics and pulled from circulation in just a few days. I suspected the critics were being overly negative, as they are wont to do when a woman artist takes risks. But in this case the extreme pans were deserved. "Filth and Wisdom" is almost as bad as Joaquin Phoenix's spectacularly stupid and self-indulgent "I'm Still Here" (2010). The only redeeming value is that the bits with Eugene Hutz, lead singer of the band Gogol Bordello, do occasionally become interesting. I suspect that Hutz could turn into something of a darling of underground cinema. He would just require a director and writer who's got more going on upstairs than Madonna. I yield to no one in my appreciation for Madonna, but it can't be denied: she's no thinker. And she's not much of a natural behind the camera either. Most of the scenes in "Filth and Wisdom" looked to me like they were directed by an eight-year-old, and not a particularly smart or interesting one.
    William D Super Reviewer
  • Nov 07, 2009
    I don't see what the point of this was. I love Madonna, but obviously more so in front of the camera than behind.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer

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