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Breakfast on Pluto (2005)



Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 116
Fresh: 66 | Rotten: 50

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


Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 17

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



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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.


Drama, Comedy

Apr 18, 2006


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All Critics (129) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (66) | Rotten (50) | DVD (14)

The film is downright aggravating.

January 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Breakfast on Pluto may seem a fairy tale at times (no pun intended), but this Kitten has claws.

January 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Like Kitten and everything else about Breakfast on Pluto, it's altogether too overstated and obvious, but at least it doesn't pretend to have any significance whatsoever.

January 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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[Jordan] successfully grafts two Irish literary modes, snappy social satire and gloomy dirge.

January 5, 2006
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Perhaps too audacious for some and too coy for others, Breakfast on Pluto is one of those mercurial movies where you really have no idea where it'll take you next. Like its star, it's smart, mischievous and fearless.

January 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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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.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: CNNRadio | Comment (1)

Celebratory subversion

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

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

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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.

July 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
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.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

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

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Roaring with real life, Breakfast on Pluto belongs in that treasured subgenre, the gender bending memoir ...Cillian Murphy gives a career high performance as Kitten, so silky, so tough, so completely real that it haunts us.

August 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Moderately entertaining fare.

July 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It may not have the epic scope and complexity of Forrest Gump, but Breakfast on Pluto a small gem.

April 18, 2006

Breakfast on Pluto is definitely one of the most unusual, compelling films I have seen in quite some time.

April 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Buzzine Magazine
Buzzine Magazine

As played by Murphy in what is an excellent performance, Kitten is sort of like a transvestite superhero--able to overcome impossible situations and look fabulous while doing it.

March 24, 2006
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Breakfast on Pluto's novelistic feel can seem disjointed, but ultimately the structure frees the film to flit from one interesting encounter to another with a minimum of connecting material.

March 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

An amusing little romp, with all the substance of cotton candy.

February 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Jordan plays the Crying Game again for this darly affecting epic.

January 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Snobs
Film Snobs

It's awfully hard to take the material seriously, even though the plotting seems to demand it.

January 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

Murphy models his frocks comfortably enough, but 'Pluto is draggy in other, disappointing ways.

January 19, 2006 Full Review Source:

Neil Jordan's Breakfast on Pluto bursts onto the screen ablaze with more color, more ideas, more nerve, more invention and more heart than just about anything imaginable.

January 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

An offbeat fairytale populated by colorful characters and spot-on performances.

January 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

It could have easily been 15 minutes shorter. But you can understand why Jordan wanted to spend so much time with such a singular hero (heroine?) as Patrick.

January 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Enjoyable drama that's both darkly funny and emotionally engaging.

January 12, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

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.
November 13, 2011
Jim Hunter

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
January 14, 2010
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

I just love the completely outrageous nature of this. The narrative side of this is just such a charming and unique story. Cillian Murphy just shows what an amazing actor he is with a truly convincing and realistic (to the story) character. It also spares no expense to go sideways every once in a while to show fantasies/dreams without coming off as corny or naive.
November 16, 2009

Super Reviewer

    1. Patrick (Patricia) 'Kitten' Braden: What is it with "nancy-boys" that you can't be bothered killing them?
    – Submitted by Frances H (5 months ago)
    1. Hooker: Oi. You doing business, do it somewhere else, love. This pavement's got my name on it.
    2. Patrick (Patricia) 'Kitten' Braden: And what, pray, is your name? Concrete?
    3. Hooker: My name is scratch your eyes out, and bite your bleed'n nose off. Which is what I'll do if you don't get off my patch.
    4. Mr. Silky String: She giving you trouble, son?
    5. Patrick (Patricia) 'Kitten' Braden: Oh, no trouble at all. We were just exchanging names.
    – Submitted by Paula W (24 months ago)
    1. Patrick (Patricia) 'Kitten' Braden: If I wasn't a transvestite terrorist, would you marry me?
    – Submitted by Paula W (24 months ago)
    1. Patrick (Patricia) 'Kitten' Braden: Not many people can take the tale of Patrick Braden, aka St. Kitten, who strutted the catwalks, face lit by a halo of flashbulbs as 'oh!' she shrieks, 'I told you, from my best side darlings.'
    – Submitted by Paula W (24 months ago)
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