• PG-13, 1 hr. 47 min.
  • Drama, Romance, Comedy
  • Directed By:    Peyton Reed
  • In Theaters:    Jun 2, 2006 Wide
  • On DVD:    Oct 17, 2006
  • Universal Pictures

The Break-Up Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
January 7, 2011

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 | Original Score: 7/10
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 30, 2009

The two stars remain painfully wrong for each other

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009

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

Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 23, 2009

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

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com
February 28, 2008

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 | Original Score: 6/10
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
August 11, 2007

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
July 3, 2007

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

Kam Williams
Providence American
June 30, 2007

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 | Original Score: 4/4
Shirley Sealy
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007

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.

Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
December 13, 2006

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
October 21, 2006

full review in Greek

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
September 22, 2006

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 | Original Score: B+
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
September 8, 2006

A romantic comedy that is neither romantic nor particularly funny.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
August 21, 2006

A little broken, but worth the viewing.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alan Dale
Blogcritics.org
July 30, 2006

[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.

Joe Utichi
FilmFocus
July 23, 2006

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 | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
July 22, 2006

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Guardian
July 22, 2006

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

Tony Horkins
Empire Magazine
July 22, 2006

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Anna Smith
Time Out
Top Critic
July 20, 2006

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

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