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  • 3.0

    out of 100

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    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.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

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

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly 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.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Insightful, contemporary love story for adults.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that most kids probably won't be interested in this mature drama, which deals with complex issues and relationships. There's a central adulterous liaison and scenes with nudity, foreplay, and suggested sexual activity. Several scenes with a prostitute include partial nudity and strong sexuality. There's some swearing, drinking, and smoking, though none to excess.

  • Families can talk about how this movie shows parents dealing with difficult children in positive ways and using community resources to get help. How much are these parents willing to sacrifice for their kids? What happens when one partner in a relationship is dishonest and betrays the other? How important is forgiveness? What other movies have you seen that focus on finding ways to preserve a family in crisis? Does the movie help viewers understand the problems faced by new members of a community? What is the filmmaker's attitude about rehabilitation versus punishment?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Characters pay a price for their bad behavior; parenting models are excellent; recent immigrants' difficulty in assimilating into a new culture is dramatized thoughtfully and with respect for differences; featured misbehaving teen must face the consequences for his criminal activity and learns a lesson; autistic girl is treated with dignity and understanding; interpersonal relationships between races are positive, with disdain shown for intolerance; one police role model is depicted as compassionate and caring, a second is authoritarian and cynical (though not brutal).

What to watch for
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    Violence: No overt violence. Teen boys are chased and captured by police.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Playful sexuality suggested between long-time live-in lovers; prostitute uses partial nudity (breasts) and sexual posing to provoke hero; suggested oral sex, foreplay, and partial nudity (breast) during several adulterous sexual scenes, including lovers in bath and in bed; a computer screen with dozens of small photographs of Will's and Amira's bodies flashes for approximately one second (Will's buttocks can be seen in at least one of the photos, nothing else is identifiable).

  • language false3

    Language: "F--k" is used a few times to show disgust or frustration. One reference to "penis."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Only prominent product display is Mac computers.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some social drinking and smoking.