Breaking And Entering

Out Now On-Demand

The face of King's Cross is being altered by England's biggest urban renewal project, and Will Francis (Law), with partner Sandy (Freeman), has opened a high-end landscape architecture office in the area.

The building is broken into not once but twice and robbed of all its high-tech equipment; along with a laptop that contains Will’s ‘whole life’. Will, in a vigilante attempt decides to sort out the thief himself.


Directed by

Drama, Romance


Rating: M contains sex scenes & offensive language




Once you get past the implausible prettiness of its toothsome stars, Breaking and Entering is essentially a class-war Romeo and Juliet... It's hard to feel sorry for a man who's bonking Juliette Binoche...

The Guardian [UK]


Many are the critical lips that have curled at Anthony Minghella's new movie since it opened at the London film festival a few weeks ago. Maybe its various liberal and upper-middle-class milieux make it vulnerable to jeers; I can only say I found it flawed but complex and ambitious, a watchable, good-looking film...

The Press [Christchurch]


Partly successful, the film needs less under-playing and a little more connection with the characters. It's an intelligent movie, but despite the potentially dramatic plot points of theft and an illicit love affair, it lacks the power to move...

Variety [USA]


The possible upsides of lying and being burglarized are among the numerous topics held up to the light for close examination in "Breaking and Entering." Anthony Minghella's film is conspicuously thoughtful and civilized as it provides a close-up snapshot of particular aspects of life in London at this moment...

B&E needs B&D

This film does not work. How disappointing for Minguella to come up with a dud when it is his own writing that he is directing, after the glory of the English Patient etc.

An attempt at complex multicultural perspectives and zeitgeist, comes across as too simple in the way the story unfolds, with a straight forward plot and little suspense. It has an oddly paced anti-climax that leaves you feeling unmoved and unconvinced in the end.

The film is far too nice and polite all around - everybody seems wholesome and looks healthy. Mr Law could do with some B&D, to explore some of that 'dark side' that he 'knows' is in there. He makes a great mannequin but doesn't manage to transcend his celebrity prettiness while Robin Wright Penn is also cold and difficult to engage with. They are both shown up by the infinitely subtle, complex and warm performance by Binoche. She saves the film in the end, along with the sophisticated cinematography, meandering around London, that is elegantly pale and cleverly layered.