• Released
  • September 14, 2000
  • R , 1 hr 50 min
  • Drama
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Bread and Roses Synopsis
A lawyer (Adrien Brody) helps two sisters (Pilar Padilla, Elpidia Carrillo) unionize janitors.
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Mr. Showbiz

By Kevin Maynard
The film is never less than a satisfying mix of compelling entertainment and social critique. The performances are uniformly superb.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Will this movie change anything, or this review make you want to see it? No, probably not. But when you come in tomorrow morning, someone...
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Washington Post

By Desson Thomson
There's every reason to watch Bread and Roses for what Loach really does best: He involves us directly in the desperate lives of his...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Desmond Ryan
Full of pungent and telling observation.
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Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
The reason Bread and Roses works as well as it does is that as didactic as it sometimes gets, its heart is always bigger than its ideology.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Socially alert drama.
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Sean Axmaker
It's a passionate film powered by the righteous anger of injustice.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
As is often the case in Loach's films, all the acting is exemplary. Padilla, who learned English only shortly before making the film, is a...
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Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
It would be easy to pigeonhole this as "Norma Rae" en L.A., and Padilla is at least as ingratiating and as much of a guy magnet as Sally...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty draw everything in simplistic, overstated terms. The good guys are pure and spunky, the bad guys...
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Rated R | For Strong Language and Brief Nudity