Bread and Roses

User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
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  1. ChadS.
    Aug 25, 2004
    9
    Spike Lee did a damn fine job directing "Malcolm X", but his argument that only an African-American could tell an African-American story was largely false. Like the novelist Susan Straight, Ken Loach is not Mexican. But Straight's "Highwire Moon" and this searing indictment of Los Angeles by John Sayl-, I mean, Ken Loach, proves that authenticity isn't synonymous with Spike Lee did a damn fine job directing "Malcolm X", but his argument that only an African-American could tell an African-American story was largely false. Like the novelist Susan Straight, Ken Loach is not Mexican. But Straight's "Highwire Moon" and this searing indictment of Los Angeles by John Sayl-, I mean, Ken Loach, proves that authenticity isn't synonymous with nationality. "Bread and Roses" is an angry film, sometimes too angry, as didacticism hijacks social commentary in the form of a lecture about America's social problems; like John Singleton did in "Boyz in the Hood"; like Loach does when Maya (Pilar Padilla) tells Ruben (Alonso Chavez) about health care in America. But for the most part, Loach's angry story seethes with discipline, and with the help of some remarkable non-actors, "Bread and Roses" never feels over-the-top, even when Maya and Rosa (Elpidia Carrillo) have it out with each other, because they convince us that we're watching real life, and sometimes real life happens to be melodramatic. "Bread and Roses" turns illegal aliens into you and me, and makes it harder for you and me to be apologetically xenophobic. Expand
  2. JanineM.
    Nov 12, 2001
    9
    Excellent! I took my students to see it so that they understand more about the problems immigrants are facing in the US, and they enjoyed it.
  3. JimH.
    Dec 10, 2001
    9
    Great flick about the invisibility of the working poor and union organizing.
Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. 100
    The film is never less than a satisfying mix of compelling entertainment and social critique. The performances are uniformly superb.
  2. 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.
  3. Socially alert drama.