Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
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  1. 75
    After being strapped down by a run of elegant, high-class literary adaptations--"The English Patient," "The Talented Mr. Ripley," and "Cold Mountain"--writer-director Anthony Minghella liberates himself in Breaking And Entering, his first wholly original screenplay since his piercing, minor-key debut feature "Truly, Madly, Deeply."
  2. One of the more intelligent, better-made new movies around right now, but, despite everything, it doesn't really connect with the nerves and heart. It's a romance without anguish, although the pain of love is really what it's all about.
  3. Despite very good performances and solid construction, it's a slightly too symmetrical, way too tendentious side-by-side comparison of two families -- Haves, meet the Have-nots -- who come into unlikely contact in the fitfully gentrifying area of Kings Cross.
  4. 70
    The movie has a gentle, bemused intelligence, the tone of British liberalism at its most open-minded.
  5. Juliette Binoche won an Oscar for her role in Anthony Minghella's adaptation of "The English Patient", but in many ways I prefer her soulful performance here: portraying a Bosnian Muslim working as a tailor in London, she's reason enough to see Minghella's overcontrived though absorbing 2006 feature based on his original script.
  6. It's nicely crafted, respectably acted and often quite compelling in a low-key way, but it doesn't have the kind of flair, impact or resonance we've come to expect from the director.
  7. 63
    The actors, especially Binoche, do their damnedest to bring urgency to their roles. But despite Minghella's admirable attempt to tackle major themes on an intimate scale, the film goes down like weak tea. There's no kick in it.
  8. 63
    The story is complex enough to be absorbing, but its pedantic quality makes it -- and its lessons -- all too easy to forget.
  9. There's a great deal of potential here, but like Will, Minghella loses his bearings whenever he wanders too far from home.
  10. Breaking and Entering is smart and smartly done, as it describes these inter-circling worlds - the well-to-do Brits and the newly deposited foreigners, trying to shake off their homeland tragedies and start anew.
  11. 63
    Breaking and Entering is a bourgeois movie full of bourgeois problems presented bourgeoisly.
  12. Minghella is a smart guy with splendid intentions but, ultimately, he's a victim here of his own liberal contrivances.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Aug 28, 2014
    6
    Another intelligent addition to Anthony Minghella's already impressive collection. Breaking and Entering is very subtle. That's a major partAnother intelligent addition to Anthony Minghella's already impressive collection. Breaking and Entering is very subtle. That's a major part of it's promise. Full Review »
  2. JoanM.
    Jan 3, 2009
    9
    Excellent cast and story line.compelling viewing.thoughtful and emotional!i felt for all the characters and thoroughly absorbed,jude law Excellent cast and story line.compelling viewing.thoughtful and emotional!i felt for all the characters and thoroughly absorbed,jude law outstanding!! Full Review »
  3. CraigR.
    Jan 8, 2008
    2
    Dull, slow and completely nonsensical with a cast that has as much chemistry as a wet paper bag. Completely forgettable.