Filth and Wisdom
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After more than two decades as one of the world's most recognizable stars, Madonna steps behind the camera for the first time with this comedy drama about a handful of bohemians struggling to make a name for themselves in London, which she both wrote and directed. A.K. (Eugene Hutz) is a Ukrainian émigré and struggling musician who fronts a band blending gypsy music with punk rock. Still coming to terms with a childhood pock-marked by abuse, A.K. believes that one has to confront the seamy side of life to find enlightenment, and with this in mind he supports himself by torturing masochists… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 24%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is a terrible, terrible worthless movie that you shouldn't give any time to."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"At 84 minutes, the movie feels both overpadded and underdeveloped."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Madonna's direction isn't half-bad...too bad she chose a poor script teeming with uninteresting characters"
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Orange County and Long Beach Blade
"It's sweeter and sunnier than its material suggests, but not smarter."
‑ Todd Gilchrist, IGN Movies
"There's no wisdom in this script."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, Sacramento News & Review
"I'm confident the material girl has more good material for movies ahead of her."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"Message to the director: Don't quit your day job just yet, but in the category of multidisciplinary artists moonlighting as filmmakers, I'll take you over Julian Schnabel any day."
‑ Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
"Either Madonna failed to successfully guide her movie to a coherent state of mind or she simply has no gift for filmmaking. A case could be made for both, though the latter is an awfully tempting summarization of Filth and Wisdom."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"Imagine having a philosophical discussion with Madonna. I imagine it would be like having one with any other high school dropout."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"As Bart Simpson once said of NAKED LUNCH, I can think of two things wrong with this title."
‑ Sean Burns, Philadelphia Weekly
"Does anyone remember when Madonna was considered shocking?"
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Nothing in this cynical bit of claptrap feels remotely real."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"If this were the first film of a 17-year-old who got a camcorder for his birthday...it could be called a promising first effort."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"Madonna's directing debut shows that the megastar did not learn a lot about film craft and creates a routine, occasional amusing debut oeuvre. It should have been a more mature work and it is not."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Curiosity-seekers may trickle in, but despite the deliberate move to release the flick unrated, there's nothing in here to merit a raised eyebrow."
‑ Amy Nicholson, Boxoffice Magazine
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