Bread and Roses
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Leftist filmmaker Ken Loach directs this grim drama about the plight of seemingly invisible office cleaners in contemporary L.A. who often earn as little as $6 a day without benefits. The film opens as Maya (Pilar Padilla), a young Mexican lass, is reuniting with her older sister Rosa (Elpidia Carrilio) in L.A. after a harrowing cross-border journey. Rosa sets her sister up first with a job as a barmaid, which Maya soon quits after getting repeatedly groped -- and then as a janitor. When her boss demands one month's salary as "commission," Maya happens upon Sam Shapiro (Adrien… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

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"There's every reason to watch Bread and Roses"
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"As didactic as it sometimes gets, its heart is always bigger than its ideology."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"It doesn't really succeed in illustrating the workers' plights in a way that is ultimately sympathetic."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"Loach and a very good cast make it work."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"What makes Loach's effort memorable is his impeccable eye for detail, both in human behavior and physical setting, and the performances he pulls from his players."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Loach treats [the story] as a late-breaking sidebar to a narrative that essentially amounts to a tract on the glories of unskilled trade unionism."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty draw everything in simplistic, overstated terms."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"At times "Bread and Roses" looks disingenuous..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It might make emotional sense, but it doesn't make legal sense, and the plot rests heavily on legal issues."
‑ Ian Waldron-Mantgani, UK Critic
"Loach ... has made his most appealing and involving movie to date with the touching, naturalistic Bread and Roses."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"Isn't a bad movie, just a painfully obvious one."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"...less dogmatic and milder than most of Loach's work, with a kind of sweet dignity about it"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Loach's left-leaning social activism is at the service of a potent and touching story"
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Presents a slice of life that has hardly made a scratch on American celluloid. With any luck, that scratch will help generate a real itch."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"A picture without much passion."
‑ Jim Judy, Screen It!
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