Three London flat-mates (Eugene Hutz, Holly Weston, Vicky McClure) toil at demeaning jobs while dreaming of better lives.
" For an artist who has spent so much of her career reinventing herself to lead pop culture, not to mention fatten her pocketbook, Madonna seems at her most sincere behind this camera. She coaxes genuine moments from the three principals. "
" I sort of liked it. "
" I'm confident the material girl has more good material for movies ahead of her. "
" Impossibly arty and, at times, narratively incoherent, Filth and Wisdom still has its goofy charms. "
" Madonna, making her directorial debut, aims for the romping irreverence of Richard Lester's 60s comedies, and though she lacks the formal control to pull it off, this is a charming mess. "
" Message to the director: Don't quit your day job just yet, but in the category of multidisciplinary artists moonlighting as filmmakers, I'll take you over Julian Schnabel any day. "
" At 84 minutes, the movie feels both overpadded and underdeveloped. "
" Does anyone remember when Madonna was considered shocking? "
" Filth and Wisdom is pretentious and structurally flawed, never truly coming together as a coherent work. "
" Madonna fans will probably want to go anyway -- hey, I can't stop you -- but I can tell you that the movie delivers on neither of the promises of its title. "
" Madonna has made a career out of toying with image and ego, but this is a vanity project in the smallest sense possible. "
" Madonna shoots it all like a home movie made by someone who has been on the other side of the camera so often, doing music videos, reality no longer feels remotely real. "
" Nothing in this cynical bit of claptrap feels remotely real. "
" This is a movie that's just sort of there, and nobody much would have paid any attention to it without the Madonna connection. And chances are nobody much will even with that connection. "
" This is a terrible, terrible worthless movie that you shouldn't give any time to. "
" This is a very deeply non-caring movie. I liked Hutz when he sang. I imagine Gene Shalit ate his heart out when he saw Hutz's moustache. "
" Thoroughly inept in just about every aspect. "
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