Dirty Pretty Things
Dirty Pretty Things (2003)

Okwe, a kind-hearted Nigerian doctor, and Senay, a Turkish chambermaid, work at the same West London hotel. The hotel is run by Senor "Sneaky" and is the sort of place where "dirty business" like drug dealing and… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 18, 2003
DVD Release Date: March 23, 2004
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An illuminating and nuanced film about the exploitation of illegal immigrants.

David Stratton

An intelligent and extremely well-made romantic drama that tells an intriguing story with economy and insight.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

This is the sort of film that requires your full attention -- and then amply rewards it with a wealth of nuances.

Nick Rogers

Although Steve Knight's Oscar-nominated script gets a bit on the nose discussing those who pretty that which we dirty, it tells a compelling tale of perseverance, with a final sound effect like hope gaining altitude.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

An impressive mix of entertainment and social comment, spinning a great mystery even as it confronts an ugly world.

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Ejiofor, a veteran British stage actor, is well cast.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

Here he strikes a perfect balance between social commentary and melodrama, while nudging his actors to turn potentially stereotypical figures (eg, a virginal waif, a golden-hearted whore, a philosophical Chinese) into three-dimensional people.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

A sympathetic, engaging and politically astute slice of modern urban realism, set in the twilight world of London's community of recent immigrants and asylum seekers, and directed with Frears' habitual professionalism and sensitivity.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

It is Frears' sure directorial hand, along with some deft performances, that keeps Dirty Pretty Things from ever edging into the risible.

Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

Dirty Pretty Things benefits from the best script...hands down, written for a movie released in 2003

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
Another one of those excellent movies that got by me when they first came out. Chiwetel Ejifor plays an excellent part and his acting is way under rated. Film… More
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"So Fucked Up" highlight: the whole plot
Daniel Mumby
Over a career spanning 40 years, Stephen Frears has demonstrated versatility in his filmmaking rivalled only by Alan Parker and Ridley Scott. His directorial… More
Curtis Lilly
Not terrible. About people who work in a hotel and will do a shotty job of cutting out your kidney to sell on the black market in exchange for a fake passport.
Alice Shen
A very nice multicultural movie without the United Colors of Benetton feel. It's not about colors; it's about immigrants, stuck between two or more… More
Dean L
How does one explain this movie without giving it away? An incredibly real movie which makes this gritty thriller that much more tangible. Immigrants attempting… More