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Mr. Showbiz
The film is never less than a satisfying mix of compelling entertainment and social critique. The performances are uniformly superb.
Chicago Sun-Times
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 will have emptied your wastebasket.
Washington Post
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 characters, who are forced to live without security and who have to compromise to make ends meet. And, above all, who feel as real as moviemaking allows.
Boston Globe
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.
Philadelphia Inquirer
Full of pungent and telling observation.
Christian Science Monitor
Socially alert drama.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
It's a passionate film powered by the righteous anger of injustice.
Chicago Tribune
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 natural actress, a smoldering presence.
Austin Chronicle
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 Field was in that movie.
Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty draw everything in simplistic, overstated terms. The good guys are pure and spunky, the bad guys bellicose and one-dimensional, the conflicts stripped of nuance.

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