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  • Summary: A story about theft, both criminal and emotional, Breaking & Entering follows a disparate group of long-term Londoners and new arrivals whose lives intersect in the inner-city area of King's Cross. (The Weinstein Company)
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 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.
  2. 70
    The movie has a gentle, bemused intelligence, the tone of British liberalism at its most open-minded.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    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.
  5. 58
    Strip off the superfluities, and it's a chamber play about people with nothing in common talking about what, at their core, they have in common. A film meant to remind us of our shared humanity mainly unites us in frustration with its thick, gummy progress.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Breaking and Entering starts out powerfully, then falls apart by the time it reaches its too-neat conclusion.
  7. Starts busily, and soon becomes a bafflement -- such an interesting cast, such technical excellence, so many intricate details and parallel plot threads, yet so little clarity or urgency.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. alaina.
    Dec 21, 2006
    Anthony Minghella always is good.
  2. BryanW.
    Jun 2, 2007
    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. Expand
  3. JoanM.
    Jan 3, 2009
    Excellent cast and story line.compelling viewing.thoughtful and emotional!i felt for all the characters and thoroughly absorbed,jude law outstanding!! Collapse
  4. EdA.
    Jan 29, 2007
    An absorbing story, unexpected plot twists as one would expect from this director.
  5. MikeD.
    Feb 10, 2007
    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. Expand
  6. Aug 28, 2014
    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. Expand
  7. CraigR.
    Jan 8, 2008
    Dull, slow and completely nonsensical with a cast that has as much chemistry as a wet paper bag. Completely forgettable.

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