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January 3, 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!
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
May 13, 2013
It's Daniel Day Lewis, taut, intelligent, erotic, who is an emerging star.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 28, 2011
[VIDEO ESSAY] "My Beautiful Launderette" is a milestone of British cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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-
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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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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 74/100
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
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