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The Break-Up (2006)



Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 189
Fresh: 63 | Rotten: 126

This anti-romantic comedy lacks both laughs and insight, resulting in an odd and unsatisfying experience.


Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 46
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 38

This anti-romantic comedy lacks both laughs and insight, resulting in an odd and unsatisfying experience.



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A once-loving Chicago couple whose happily-ever-after quickly turned into a never-again finds their crumbling romance complicated when both parties refuse to move out of the pair's recently purchased condo. The Break-Up is a romantic comedy that starts where all the others end. The future once looked promising for thirtysomething couple Brooke (Jennifer Aniston) and Gary (Vince Vaughn), but lately it seems like a series of increasingly petty and intolerable squabbles have snuffed any semblance


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Jay Lavender, Jeremy Garelick, Vince Vaughn

Oct 17, 2006


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Sharp dialogue and detailed observations make it a good deal funnier than you might expect.

July 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's not a good sign when a movie is called The Break-Up and you can't wait for the couple to split so they'll get some relief from one another, and give the audience some relief from them.

June 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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One seemingly terminal problem with the casting of Ms. Aniston and Mr. Vaughn is that neither of their careers has featured characters who excelled at one-to-one relationships with the opposite sex.

June 21, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Vince Vaughn kills me. Jennifer Aniston, I think, is underrated as a film actress.

June 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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The movie offers nothing funny, just a series of sour situations.

June 2, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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The Break-Up, a grim excuse for a romantic comedy, is basically an hour and 45 minutes spent in the company of two unpleasant people during a miserable time in their lives.

June 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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The Break-Up is a funny and light comedy, but it tries to be something a bit more without being something a bit more, hampered by shoddy characterization, ending up a bit empty.

January 7, 2011 Full Review Source:

The two stars remain painfully wrong for each other

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Is anxious to be a modern "Annie Hall," but really it is just a tedious, glum, and god awful affair.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

"The Break-Up" comes with a slap and a kiss that's at once bracing and pleasing.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source:

A word of caution to anyone heading off to see The Break-Up with the assumption that it is a romantic comedy: this is not a comedy movie with a serious side -- it is a serious movie with a comedic side.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source:

Stereotypes across the board, puerile one-upmanship games, and an utter failure to explain why, indeed, these two even were together.

August 11, 2007 Full Review Source:

High-aimed intentions are thrown askew by the reliance on inconsistent laughs seemingly meant to break the otherwise overriding tension.

July 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

Right up there with the best of the revenge genre, and earns praise from this critic for its sophisticated brand of humor which kept me in stitches from start to finish.

June 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Providence American
Providence American

Not even the tacked-on ending, hinting at some future sparks between Brooke and Gary, can lighten the sturm und drang in this break-up.

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

..."The Break Up" may go down with "Fatal Attraction" as the worst "date" movie of all time.

December 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

full review in Greek

October 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

There's nothing broken about The Break-Up, which turns rom-com conventions on their side in free-wheeling fashion, and in doing so colorfully, wittily celebrates what it is about men and women that both attract one another and drives us crazy.

September 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Now Playing Magazine

A romantic comedy that is neither romantic nor particularly funny.

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

A little broken, but worth the viewing.

August 21, 2006 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

[I]t combines a naked desire to please the audience with a try-anything approach of the kind that made Wedding Crashers such a desperate stab at entertainment.

July 30, 2006 Full Review Source:

It's still very much a quick and painless Hollywood production, what slight genius there is in its premise dulled by the sheen of the high production values and its prettier-than-pretty cast.

July 23, 2006 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

It's never less than entertaining and the chemistry between our two leads, whatever their personal circumstances, really holds things together.

July 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

This is that branch of the romantic comedy known as 'a relationship movie', but generally short on witty lines and amusing incidents.

July 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Guardian

The Break-Up doesn't turn the rom-com on its head, but with its focus on the darker side of love manages to gently tip it on its side.

July 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Break-Up

Not the best, but has a few moments that make it worth the watch. Definitely not a feel good rom com!
February 9, 2014

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Vaugh and Jen break-up but can they still live together? Jen always plays the same characters. Can't see them together on or off screen.
November 4, 2012
Candy Rose

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I like when a movie is titled The Break-Up and people actually BREAK UP! Oops. Spoiler alert. And how nice to see Peter Billingsley's doughy face again from A Christmas Story :~)

This isn't a sappy-happy romantic revenge comedy despite its marketing. The semantic misunderstandings between Martians and Venusians are presented realistically in all the arguments, especially the first one that seems to be about lemons, dishes, and ballet but isn't really about lemons, dishes, and ballet. Gary and Brooke actually scream at each other and go through a lot of shenanigans trying to get back together, only to realize the love is gone. No one side is over-demonized, and the long argument scenes filmed with a handheld camera are a refreshing change from the usual joke-laced fights that last for two on-screen minutes.

Kudos to effective exposition disguised as a cheesy, opening credit montage accompanied by Queen's "You're My Best Friend." I dig the photos with bad framing and 3/4 views because it must take a lot of work to be so perfectly candid.
January 3, 2012

Super Reviewer

Just a movie about a couple who keeps yelling at each other after break-up. Some might not like this movie as it's nothing new to watch. But it's actually taken from reality and most of the parts are really true. They tried to add a bit of comedy in it but I didn't find any of those scenes to be funny. It's an okay type of movie. But I wouldn't spend money to watch this movie that I can tell.
November 1, 2011
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    1. Brooke Meyers: Who loves ya, baby?
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    1. Marilyn Dean: Travis, get your gorgeous out of here.
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    1. Marilyn Dean: Discover a path... that doesn't lead back here.
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    1. Gary Grobowski: Fate has me highly skilled and loaded with talent.
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    1. Johnny O: I'm sweatin' like a Tijuana whore!
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    1. Gary Grobowski: Please don't touch my ruffles. Put that one back.
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