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  • Summary: A thriller set in London's secret underworld, where everything is for sale. A young man (Ejiofor) and a Turkish chambermaid (Tautou) both work at the same West London hotel -- a breeding ground for illegal activity. They are put to the test when the man makes a shocking discovery late one night. (Miramax Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 31 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. All told, the best ensemble cast I've seen this year.
  2. 100
    This is a film that insinuates itself deeply into our awareness. It's that rare pulp story with something on its mind, an unnerving, socially conscious thriller with a killer sense of narrative drive.
  3. 90
    An impressive mix of entertainment and social comment, spinning a great mystery even as it confronts an ugly world.
  4. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    The whole movie is like that: gleaming, but with a whiff of the charnel house. Dirty Pretty Things doesn't quite cut to the bone, but it gets as far as a couple of vital organs.
  5. 75
    The result is an unwieldy but still compelling look at the plight of immigrants wrapped in a thriller about black-market organ transplants.
  6. 70
    Frears has directed a surprisingly sturdy hybrid of thriller and social melodrama, even if the thrills turn ludicrous and the social critique grows a little pat.
  7. 40
    Essentially a TV movie souped up by the divinely skittish cinematography of Chris Menges, the film suffers from a screenplay full of labored attempts at wit by Steven Knight, and characters who barely make it off the page alive.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 31
  2. Negative: 3 out of 31
  1. FrankO.
    Jan 25, 2006
    A great movie...seen it twice, once in theatre and once on television; enjoyed it just as much 2nd time, Ejiofor and Tautou were very good..kept my interest as to what was happening..good plot. Expand
  2. AlanB.
    Mar 31, 2004
    One of the ten best films of 2003. Chiwetel Ejiofor offers perhaps the best male performance of the year. A touching, sharply crafted story.
  3. ShivvahnaR.
    Apr 23, 2006
    Great film that tackles the issues of illegal immagiants in a system that is used and abused by the corrupt. Beautiful performances which could have turned Sterotypical however became three dimensional characters through the wounderful direction of Frears. A classic in the making. Expand
  4. Pat
    Sep 26, 2006
    Great story, though the presentation is blunted. [***SPOILERS***]The cramming of most of Okwe's character development into the last 30 seconds of the film didn't work for me. There's an amazing tour de force in the middle of the film when an unexpected organ donor is found, but then the film proceeds to go back to sleep. Collapse

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