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The Break-Up Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net

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 Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 7/10

January 7, 2011
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

The two stars remain painfully wrong for each other

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 30, 2009
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

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

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: B-

April 23, 2009
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com

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 Source: BrandonFibbs.com | Original Score: 6/10

February 28, 2008
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

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

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

August 11, 2007
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

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

Full Review Source: Projection Booth

July 3, 2007
Kam Williams
Providence American

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.

Full Review Source: Providence American | Original Score: 4/4

June 30, 2007
Shirley Sealy
Film Journal International

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.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

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

Full Review Source: Nolan's Pop Culture Review | Original Score: 2/4

December 13, 2006
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

full review in Greek

Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 3/5

October 21, 2006
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Now Playing Magazine | Original Score: B+

September 22, 2006
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today

A romantic comedy that is neither romantic nor particularly funny.

Full Review Source: Christianity Today | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 8, 2006
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review

A little broken, but worth the viewing.

Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review | Original Score: 3/5

August 21, 2006
Alan Dale
Blogcritics.org

[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.

Full Review Source: Blogcritics.org

July 30, 2006
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus

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.

Full Review Source: FilmFocus | Original Score: 3/5

July 23, 2006
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

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

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

July 22, 2006
Philip French
Guardian [UK]

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

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]

July 22, 2006
Tony Horkins
Empire Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

July 22, 2006
Anna Smith
Time Out
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Sharp dialogue and detailed observations make it a good deal funnier than you might expect.

Full Review Source: Time Out

July 20, 2006
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

Aniston and Vaughn are both talented, appealing actors but there's very little chemistry between them (despite their real-life relationship) and ... it's hard to escape the conclusion that [Aniston's character] could do better.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 2/5

July 20, 2006
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