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  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    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. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The story, like the protagonist, floats along in a noodly sort of way, intelligent, benign and ineffectual. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Breaking and Entering starts out powerfully, then falls apart by the time it reaches its too-neat conclusion. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    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. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    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. show more

  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    There's a great deal of potential here, but like Will, Minghella loses his bearings whenever he wanders too far from home. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    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. show more

  • 63
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    The story is complex enough to be absorbing, but its pedantic quality makes it -- and its lessons -- all too easy to forget. show more

  • 63
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Breaking and Entering is a bourgeois movie full of bourgeois problems presented bourgeoisly. show more

  • 63
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Minghella is a smart guy with splendid intentions but, ultimately, he's a victim here of his own liberal contrivances. show more

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