Breakfast on Pluto (2005)



Critic Consensus: Well-acted if monotonous drama about a transvestite prostitute in London during the 1970s.

Movie Info

Young Patrick "Pussy" Braden flees Ireland for London during the politically tumultuous 1970s on a quest to find love and a place to call home. There he becomes a transvestite prostitute and gets involved in an IRA bombing campaign.

Rating: R (for sexuality, language, some violence and drug use)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Neil Jordan, Patrick McCabe
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 18, 2006
Box Office: $0.8M
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Breakfast on Pluto

All Critics (129) | Top Critics (39)

Rambling romance about a man truely in love with himself. Cilian Murphy has great talent, but not in this loser directed by Neil Jordan. My advice to Murphy...speak up and stop mumbling.

Full Review… | January 15, 2010

Celebratory subversion

Full Review… | August 30, 2009

"Kitten" is one of the most admirable characters ever depicted on-screen.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Murphy's turn as the irrepressible Kitten is simply mesmerising - outrageous, tender and full of the sort of deep pain that no amount of make-up can conceal.

Full Review… | July 2, 2007
Eye for Film

Another cross-dressing flick from Jordan, but this time with a wry sense of humour and whimsy, coupled with a fine soundtrack of UK bubblegum 70s tunes.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Film Scouts

This is a long film that audiences will either love or dismiss.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Breakfast on Pluto

An orphaned transvestite navigates associations with the IRA and the search for his birth mother.
Aside from the chameleon performance by Cillian Murphy as Kitten, there is very little to like about this film. The story is a very basic tale about separation and coming of age that, when it doesn't wreak of cliche, lingers on banalities.
Overall, Murphy is the only reason to see the film, but even then, the rest of the film is bound to disappoint.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Like Patrick McCabe's novel, Neil Jordan's "Breakfast on Pluto" is episodic and fragmented. I did enjoy the way Jordan moves his camera and Cillian Murphy is committed to bringing Patrick Braden to life, but it's far too little to save the film. I found this unengaging and emotionally schizophrenic, a combination that left me feeling alienated. Plus, the chapter dividers are totally unneeded in the film, it didn't work that great in the book and on film it's totally superfluous.

Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer


it's a sweet and hopeful tale about a foundling named kitten, growing up strange in an irish town that never understood him, moving to swinging london in search of his long lost mother, and having many adventures along the way. cillian murphy is wonderful as kitten, a somewhat naive character who never gives up on love. takes awhile to get going and it's a bit uneven. i can't say i don't miss the dark days of mona lisa and the crying game but it's a fun film with enjoyable pop soundtrack

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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