Dirty Pretty Things
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Director Stephen Frears returns to the grittier themes of his earlier films for the urban thriller Dirty Pretty Things. Residing in London, the medically trained Okwe (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a Nigerian immigrant working as a taxi driver and a hotel concierge, but he still lives on the edge of poverty. He shares a room with Senay (Amélie's Audrey Tautou making her English-language debut), a Turkish refugee who works as a maid at the hotel. As illegal immigrants, Okwe and Senay live in fear of being deported. One night, working at the front desk, Okwe receives a call from prostitute Juliette… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An intelligent and extremely well-made romantic drama that tells an intriguing story with economy and insight."
‑ David Stratton, Variety
"This is the sort of film that requires your full attention -- and then amply rewards it with a wealth of nuances."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Although Steve Knight's Oscar-nominated script gets a bit on the nose discussing those who pretty that which we dirty, it tells a compelling tale of perseverance, with a final sound effect like hope gaining altitude."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"Offers a frills-free meditation on the many faces of oppression."
‑ Rick Kisonak, Film Threat
"...an incredibly entertaining picture with a first-rate ensemble cast. It seems to unwind at precisely the right pace, and its gritty look is never ostentatiously "beautiful""
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"An impressive mix of entertainment and social comment, spinning a great mystery even as it confronts an ugly world."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Ejiofor, a veteran British stage actor, is well cast."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Here he strikes a perfect balance between social commentary and melodrama, while nudging his actors to turn potentially stereotypical figures (eg, a virginal waif, a golden-hearted whore, a philosophical Chinese) into three-dimensional people."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"It's involving, well-directed and well-acted."
‑ Ethan Alter, NYC Film Critic
"The less you know the more you'll enjoy it."
‑ Tony Medley, tonymedley.com
"A sympathetic, engaging and politically astute slice of modern urban realism, set in the twilight world of London's community of recent immigrants and asylum seekers, and directed with Frears' habitual professionalism and sensitivity."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"It is Frears' sure directorial hand, along with some deft performances, that keeps Dirty Pretty Things from ever edging into the risible."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Dirty Pretty Things benefits from the best script...hands down, written for a movie released in 2003"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"A tour through shady dealings and sufferings that could be set in any big city on either side of the Atlantic. Frears ... cleverly dodges the curse of social dilemma films."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Even when bad things happen to these people, one can't help but believe that things will one day get better."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
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