The Break-Up (2006)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content, some nudity and language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Vince Vaughn, Jeremy Garelick, Jay Lavender
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 17, 2006
Box Office: $118.7M
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Critic Reviews for The Break-Up

All Critics (193) | Top Critics (47)

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

Full Review… | July 20, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 7, 2011

The two stars remain painfully wrong for each other

Full Review… | August 30, 2009

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

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review… | April 23, 2009

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.

Full Review… | February 28, 2008

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!

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


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.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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