Filth and Wisdom
Filth and Wisdom (2008)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: September 29, 2009
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Critic Score: 25% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Filth and Wisdom, while certainly ambitious, is mostly unconvincing and incoherent.

Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

This is a terrible, terrible worthless movie that you shouldn't give any time to.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

At 84 minutes, the movie feels both overpadded and underdeveloped.

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Fr. Chris Carpenter
Orange County and Long Beach Blade

Madonna's direction isn't half-bad...too bad she chose a poor script teeming with uninteresting characters

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

I'm confident the material girl has more good material for movies ahead of her.

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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly

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.

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Brian Orndorf

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.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Does anyone remember when Madonna was considered shocking?

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

Nothing in this cynical bit of claptrap feels remotely real.

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Sarah Boslaugh

If this were the first film of a 17-year-old who got a camcorder for his could be called a promising first effort.

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
William Dunmyer
Is Madonna's "Filth and Wisdom" as bad as you've heard? Well, I have to say yes. When the film came out, it was savaged by critics and… More
Sarah Prisbylla
I don't see what the point of this was. I love Madonna, but obviously more so in front of the camera than behind.