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Dirty Pretty Things
written by funnytoo December 6, 2011 - 1:45 PM PST
should have been called: Frightened Desperate People - the only pretty thing in the film is the Hooker & there's not enough of her; the story is rather limp, ups, did I say that??!! Ahhm, the Hooker can help with that. 5 out of 10 because we need to see more of Sophie Okonedo

Up in the air on this
written by Texan99 September 4, 2010 - 4:27 PM PDT
Couldn't quite decide about it. Sometimes it seemed to be going for an overwhelming melodramatic payoff, and it didn't quite get there. On the other hand, many of its quietly developed scenes are still going through my mind. Ejiofor and Tautou are transcendent; his character in particular grows and grows on you until you are completely committed to him. The people whose documents are not in order are terrifyingly vulnerable every minute of every day. These two face up to their peril with enormous heart and intelligence.

Good-ish, was hoping for more
written by elenainsf November 22, 2006 - 10:34 AM PST
Not a bad movie, but the script is flat and not very surprising. The ideas are good, but it's not clever enough to entice. You can tell what the director was trying to portray but the actors are too innocent to be realistic. Only watch this if you have nothing else to watch :)

Good start with a mediocre ending
written by thingstodo January 26, 2006 - 7:20 PM PST
2 out of 5 members found this review helpful
So Amelie (Sorry, Audrey--you must have known this would happen when you took that role) is now in a somber role where she smiles less.

The story has a pretty good start. It builds up a bit of an intrigue. But this is not a mystery; its mood changes relatively quickly to one of desperation and hopelessness.

The film's supposedly an expose of a darker side of London. Not having been there and, after feeling around myself, I wouldn't know if it's accurate or an exaggeration.

The French accent from Audrey also distracts a bit, leading to a curiosity in the casting choice.

Anyway. After the midpoint of the movie when things seem to just can't get any worse for the good guys, each of them needs to make a decision. Hers was understandable, his was not. Without saying too much, let's just say that, if he really wanted to help people, he had better choices than what he initially chose to do. A

And maybe I've watched too many movies, or maybe the story could've been more original. I have to admit that I had a suspicion he would end up doing what he did.

So it's a 7/10 from me. It started out pretty good. Made me feel for the characters. But just went downhill toward the end.

"the people you don't usually see"
written by maritoni July 5, 2004 - 1:10 PM PDT
16 out of 17 members found this review helpful
this film felt very real for the most part because of the subtle directing of frears. though the acting felt a little uneven in parts, all the actors/characters are fairly engaging and complex. i love that this is a story about immigrants - not mobsters or superheroes or society types. the story that unfolds is compelling and even stressful but in an understated, intense way that reveals a side of london that you don't often see. there is even a love story embedded, but thankfully no saccharine hollywood, neatly tied up conclusion. overall a fresh look at the daily challenge of living as an immigrant.


(Average 7.15)
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