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: September 7, 1985
DVD Release Date: June 3, 2003
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

"My Beautiful Laundrette" is quirky and fresh and ambitious and pretty much everything a movie should be, except good.

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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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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Would that all socially relevant cinematic documents were also such good movies!

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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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Brandon Judell
Huffington Post

Besides being revelatory in its depiction of a gay relationship, its respectful, yet unfawning, look at immigrants trying to make it in a new country is straight out of the headlines.

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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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Josef Braun
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)

How many times in the history of the medium have we seen a single film rattle as many socio-cinematic paradigms-and done it with as much brio-as My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)?

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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