|Lions Gate Films | Release Date: May 11, 2001||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
The film is never less than a satisfying mix of compelling entertainment and social critique. The performances are uniformly superb.
There's every reason to watch Bread and Roses for what Loach really does best: He involves us directly in the desperate lives of his characters, who are forced to live without security and who have to compromise to make ends meet. And, above all, who feel as real as moviemaking allows. Read full review
Full of pungent and telling observation.
The reason Bread and Roses works as well as it does is that as didactic as it sometimes gets, its heart is always bigger than its ideology.
As is often the case in Loach's films, all the acting is exemplary. Padilla, who learned English only shortly before making the film, is a natural actress, a smoldering presence.
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