• 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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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
June 1, 2006

Eventually you're just rooting for Gary and Brooke to get the whole ordeal over with, as much for the audience's sake as for their own.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
July 2, 2006

Think less Wedding Crashers and more War of the Roses minus the oddly romantic violence.

| Original Score: 2.75/4
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic
June 2, 2006

In short, The Break-Up is too accurate to be light-hearted, too light and flippant to be really romantic.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
June 2, 2006

Akin to an unhealthy relationship, this self-described 'anti-romantic comedy' begins hot and heavy before buckling beneath the weight of pointless conflicts and ridiculous game-playing.

| Original Score: 2/4
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
June 2, 2006

For the movie to work, we would have to like the couple and want them to succeed. Despite some sincere 11th-hour soul-searching by Gary, we're sorry, but we don't want them back together, we want them to end their misery.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Berardinelli
Top Critic
June 1, 2006

The Break-Up is too badly fractured to be deemed repairable.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
Top Critic
June 2, 2006

If 7 Up is the un-cola, consider The Break-Up, -- the un-romantic comedy.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
June 3, 2006

The whole movie is a game of one-upsmanship, as each one tries to make the other more miserable. It gets increasingly ugly and painful. Then it ends.

| Original Score: D
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
June 22, 2006

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.

Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
June 7, 2006

The only really nice thing about the story is that it doesn't opt for a Hollywood happy ending.

| Original Score: D
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 1, 2006

Plays like a 106-minute highlight reel of three seasons of a sitcom that jumped the shark midway through the sophomore year.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009

The two stars remain painfully wrong for each other

Chris Barsanti
June 1, 2006

you'll be wishing they'd just call it quits

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 31, 2006

A borderline-schizophrenic tone regularly undercuts both the nasty, biting humor and weepy sentimentality.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Victoria Alexander
June 19, 2006

Nil chemistry. How can Vaughn and Aniston be dating? They don't even like each other.

Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
June 2, 2006

When, oh when, will the scorching on-screen chemistry between Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau finally be consummated?

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Gonsalves
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
Rebecca Murray
June 1, 2006

Don't expect to crack up at The Break-Up.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic
July 1, 2006

Sydney Morning Herald
July 1, 2006

August 4, 2007

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