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My Beautiful Laundrette Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 4, 2016
Would that all socially relevant cinematic documents were also such good movies!
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Brandon Judell
Huffington Post
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.
Josef Braun
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
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)?
Eric Melin
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sue Heal
Radio Times
May 13, 2013
This seminal 1980s movie launched a plethora of now distinguished careers, including those of director Stephen Frears and Daniel Day-Lewis.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
May 13, 2013
It's Daniel Day Lewis, taut, intelligent, erotic, who is an emerging star.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 13, 2013
Fast, bold, harsh and primitive like a prodigious student film with equal parts promise and threat.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 13, 2013
There isn't a performance in this film that is less than excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 13, 2013
Expertly acted throughout, this remains a definitive snapshot of British life in the 1980s.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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.
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cole Smithey
June 28, 2011
[VIDEO ESSAY] "My Beautiful Launderette" is a milestone of British cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Emanuel Levy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Variety Staff
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.
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Time Out
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.
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
October 29, 2003
When it works, it's a sophisticated and modestly ambitious attempt to cast a glance at a minority culture struggling to gain a foothold in a troubling time and place.
| Original Score: 74/100

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
Director Stephen Frears and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi have fashioned a wonderfully fresh examination of the political and racial climate of Margaret Thatcher's Britain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Null
July 3, 2003
Unusual and quirky.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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