Bread and Roses


Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19

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Critic Reviews

  1. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Kevin Maynard
    The film is never less than a satisfying mix of compelling entertainment and social critique. The performances are uniformly superb.
  2. 88
    Will this movie change anything, or this review make you want to see it? No, probably not. But when you come in tomorrow morning, someone will have emptied your wastebasket.
  3. 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.
  4. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Desmond Ryan
    Full of pungent and telling observation.
  5. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    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.
  6. He plies his viewers with plenty of bread -- chewy and, to some tastes, dry and starchy scenes -- but he also scatters petals of whimsy and delight to nourish the senses.
  7. Bread and Roses" hits home when one of Maya's co-workers observes, "When we put on uniforms, we become invisible." It's a truth as uncomfortable as it is undeniable.
  8. 70
    There are scenes here that fill one with rage or bring tears to the eyes.
  9. It's a passionate film powered by the righteous anger of injustice.
  10. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    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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