User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
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  1. BryanW.
    Jun 2, 2007
    9
    One of the best scripts I've seen put to screen this year. Jude Law and Juliette Binoche are excellent and the camerawork by Benoit Delhomme is worth the price of admission in itself.
  2. 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.
  3. EdA.
    Jan 29, 2007
    8
    An absorbing story, unexpected plot twists as one would expect from this director.
  4. jd.
    Jul 7, 2007
    3
    What a complete waste of time! I felt like there was a scene or 2 missing because all of a sudden you see Jude Law in a relationship that makes no sense.
  5. MartinB.
    Dec 9, 2006
    5
    Once you get to the end, the whole thing feels pretty pointless.
  6. MikeD.
    Feb 10, 2007
    7
    The characters are cold when they should be cold, but there is no heat when there should be heat. That may be the problem in the main character's life, but in the end his lack of passions makes the movie slow and cold. The 2 women, particulaly Robin Wright Penn, are very good and the photography is excellent.
  7. maxinez
    Jul 21, 2007
    8
    Loved this drama. Jude Law and Juliette Binoche are wonderful. A real chick flick
  8. danielj.
    Jul 5, 2007
    8
    This movie is exquisite. Anthony Minguela is in a class by himself.
  9. 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 outstanding!!
  10. alaina.
    Dec 21, 2006
    10
    Anthony Minghella always is good.
  11. MargeB.
    Jan 28, 2007
    9
    Great performances, compelling story, the critics were too harsh with this terrific film.
  12. Aug 28, 2014
    6
    Another intelligent addition to Anthony Minghella's already impressive collection. Breaking and Entering is very subtle. That's a major part of it's promise.
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
  1. 50
    There's no shortage of candidates for the fatal flaw: the artificial storyline; the presence of a ridiculously cliched character; the lack of chemistry between illicit lovers. Blaming one of these problems is probably unfair. The movie's failure is likely based on a fusion of all these, and perhaps a few others.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    Entirely respectable in every way, it nonetheless has a very cool body temperature and thus likely will inspire polite admiration rather than excitement among viewers.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss/Richard Schickel
    50
    The film is handsomely mounted and well played (particularly by the always magical Binoche--such a wonderfully alert actress), but somehow it never draws one into its schemes.