My Beautiful Laundrette
My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

After the death of his wife and his subsequent descent into alcoholic near-agoraphobia, a crotchety Pakistani intellectual convinces his shady entrepreneur brother to provide work for his son in this multi-layered portrait of the immigrant… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 3, 2003
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

It's Daniel Day Lewis, taut, intelligent, erotic, who is an emerging star.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

This new British picture raises enough issues for a half-dozen more conventional movies. And though this approach makes for a structure that's a little shaky, the film somehow holds together.

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Sue Heal
Radio Times

This seminal 1980s movie launched a plethora of now distinguished careers, including those of director Stephen Frears and Daniel Day-Lewis.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Fast, bold, harsh and primitive like a prodigious student film with equal parts promise and threat.

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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune

Director Stephen Frears and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi are better at depicting a new milieu than in making an important or innovative statement.

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

There isn't a performance in this film that is less than excellent.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This is a uniquely plausible portrait of life in England, yet its appeal isn't limited to social realism -- it also has a twist of buoyant fantasy and romance

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Variety Staff

As always, director Stephen Frears does a superb job of work when given a good script, and this is a very good script.

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Expertly acted throughout, this remains a definitive snapshot of British life in the 1980s.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
I have seen this film on several "100 Best Films" lists (well, for sub-genres), but I just don't get it. Other than having progressive social… More
Elvira B
Stephen Frears's 1985 film is a testament for a group of confused, irreverent middle to lower class youths of the Thatcher years in London. The characters… More
Jim Hunter
Within the context of film history, this film is surely important as a pioneer in discussion homosexuality in a straight-forward, even endorsing, manner. But I… More
Sarah Gaish
<u>Director:</u>Stephen Frears <u>Released:</u> 1986 <u>Stars :</u> Daniel Day Lewis, Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth… More
Jennifer D
Had to watch it for a film class. Might not have watched it otherwise.
Robert C
Just re-watched this having seen it years ago, before I knew who Daniel Day-Lewis was. I remeber the first time I saw this I totally bought into his… More