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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. 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. 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. 60
    Bold in scope and aptly mimicking the loose structures of kinship, friendship and work most city dwellers make do with these days, Breaking and Entering nonetheless plays out too quiet and too loose for its own good.
  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. This is an ambitious midlife-crisis movie that valiantly weaves together big themes, among them the nagging guilt of the successful, wealthy artist.
  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
    10
    Anthony Minghella always is good.
  2. 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 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. Collapse
  3. 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!! Expand
  4. EdA.
    Jan 29, 2007
    8
    An absorbing story, unexpected plot twists as one would expect from this director.
  5. 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 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
    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. Expand
  7. 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.

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