Breaking and Entering
Breaking and Entering (2007)

In this Anthony Minghella film, a young landscape architect (Jude Law) with a state-of-the-art office in a dangerous neighborhood in the Kings Cross section of London suffers repeated burglaries. This sets into motion a chain of related… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 16, 2007
DVD Release Date: May 8, 2007
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Critic Score: 34% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This class warfare drama feels contrived and superficial: characters don't act logically as the movie manipulates them towards deconstructing various social issues.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The complicated interactions involving class and culture that ensue between all these characters remain fascinating even when they seem overly schematic.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Breaking and Entering offers a kinder, gentler version of London's strife than we're accustomed to seeing. Not all parts of the script are equally well-developed, and sometimes it seems as if we're looking at drama under glass.

Fernando F. Croce

One-hundred percent uncut bourgeois fantasy

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Though Binoche does very solid work, she can't sell the idea of her and Law as a couple; the chemistry isn't there. Not much else rings true in Minghella's screenplay, which is full of coincidences and speeches about race and class.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

As with all of Minghella's films, there's intelligence and texture and depth and feeling, though here the emotions can seem frostbitten. Perhaps the first thing that wasn't working and needed to be fully broken to heal was the script.

Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

Though intricately plotted and well acted, Minghella's characters feel more like symbols than flesh-and-blood characters, and their travails seem designed to illustrate a lecture about privilege, injustice, cultural stereotypes and bourgeois complacency.

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Michael Booth
Denver Post

Despite its arty construction and clever dialogue, Breaking and Entering leaves us too chilly to care.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Maybe Jude Law should take some time off from acting. Maybe Juliette Binoche should get a new dialect coach. Maybe Anthony Minghella should try writing a movie ending that doesn't make everybody groan.

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Insightful, contemporary love story for adults.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Anthony Minghella's script, about family, motherhood, immigration, urban renewal, integration, is maybe overambitious as not every subject is handled, or… More
Conner Rainwater
An extremely good cast and acting performances, but the script was just a little odd at times and had unnecessary characters. The angsty teenage son of Juliette… More
Emile Tremblay
Minghella has to do with a very undefined and illogical screenplay that makes it all feel distant and the director still manages to bring to the screen some… More
Ross Collins
A typical British TV drama with an ultimately pointless story, but pleasant enough to watch. The London settings and brief bits of parkour add interest.
Thomas Johnston
There was just too much going on to know what was the REAL story being told. The build up is way too slow because where the movie ends, to me, is where the… More
Candy Rose
The most dramatic thing is the movie title. Poor storyline. Weird people. Bad accents. An hour in and still nothing has happened. Waste of time. Avoid!

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