My Beautiful Laundrette Reviews

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February 11, 2020
Not only is it a brilliant take on star-crossed lovers, it doesn't take the twists and turns you'd expect a story like this to take.
January 4, 2018
"My Beautiful Laundrette" is quirky and fresh and ambitious and pretty much everything a movie should be, except good.
December 4, 2016
Would that all socially relevant cinematic documents were also such good movies!
August 17, 2016
Besides being revelatory in its depiction of a gay relationship, its respectful, yet unfawning, look at immigrants trying to make it in a new country is straight out of the headlines.
November 18, 2015
How many times in the history of the medium have we seen a single film rattle as many socio-cinematic paradigms-and done it with as much brio-as My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)?
October 7, 2015
... unfolds with a refreshing honesty and a sense of surprise to it; being handled more like something embedded within the characters rather than a plot point thrown in just to bring up an issue or an easy conflict point.
August 8, 2015
The odious Margaret Thatcher and her crippling policies made sizable targets for many British filmmakers during the 1980s and beyond, and few hit the bulls-eye as squarely as screenwriter Hanif Kureishi and director Stephen Frears with this indie hit.
May 13, 2013
This seminal 1980s movie launched a plethora of now distinguished careers, including those of director Stephen Frears and Daniel Day-Lewis.
May 13, 2013
It's Daniel Day Lewis, taut, intelligent, erotic, who is an emerging star.
May 13, 2013
Fast, bold, harsh and primitive like a prodigious student film with equal parts promise and threat.
May 13, 2013
There isn't a performance in this film that is less than excellent.
May 13, 2013
Expertly acted throughout, this remains a definitive snapshot of British life in the 1980s.
May 13, 2013
This is a uniquely plausible portrait of life in England, yet its appeal isn't limited to social realism -- it also has a twist of buoyant fantasy and romance
May 13, 2013
This new British picture raises enough issues for a half-dozen more conventional movies. And though this approach makes for a structure that's a little shaky, the film somehow holds together.
May 13, 2013
Director Stephen Frears and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi are better at depicting a new milieu than in making an important or innovative statement.
June 28, 2011
[VIDEO ESSAY] "My Beautiful Launderette" is a milestone of British cinema.
June 17, 2011
An intriguing tale about race, sexuality, and politics in the New London, splendidly played by Daniel day Lewis as the gay punk.
June 18, 2008
As always, director Stephen Frears does a superb job of work when given a good script, and this is a very good script.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
The strength of the film is its vision -- cutting, compassionate and sometimes hilarious -- of what it means to be Asian, and British, in Thatcher's Britain.
February 25, 2005
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