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Breaking and Entering


Rated R for sexuality and language.

R In Theaters 12/15/2006 , 118min.
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A.O. Scott
The New York Times
What saves Breaking and Entering from foundering altogether in earnest self-regard is Mr. Minghella's evident affection for London, a city of inexhaustible architectural and human variety. Full Review
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
For all its contrivances, Breaking and Entering has its finger on the pulse of contemporary London life and possesses its share of fleeting delights, chief among them the sublime Robin Wright Penn as Law's live-in girlfriend. Full Review
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
Despite very good performances and solid construction, it's a slightly too symmetrical, way too tendentious side-by-side comparison of two families -- Haves, meet the Have-nots -- who come into unlikely contact in the fitfully gentrifying area of Kings Cross. Full Review
Claudia Puig
USA Today
Breaking and Entering starts out powerfully, then falls apart by the time it reaches its too-neat conclusion. Full Review
James Berardinelli
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. Full Review

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