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
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,
"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 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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