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Breaking and Entering

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United Kingdom, United States · 2006
Rated R · 2h 9m
Director Anthony Minghella
Starring Jude Law, Juliette Binoche, Vera Farmiga, Robin Wright
Genre Drama, Romance

Will, a landscape architect in London, is in the middle of a life crisis. His relationship with his girlfriend is going nowhere. A burglary at his office leads him to Amira, a Bosnian refugee whose husband died in Sarajevo. Will is drawn to the vulnerable woman and initiates an affair.

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Village Voice by

Forgive Minghella for taking a breather, even if Breaking and Entering exhales nothing but hot air.


Los Angeles Times by Carina Chocano

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.


L.A. Weekly by Ella Taylor

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.


ReelViews by 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.


Entertainment Weekly by Lisa Schwarzbaum

However admirably Minghella urges a break from complacency and an entry into a state of local/global compassion, his characters are position holders rather than people.


The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

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."


Variety 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.

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