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Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

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87

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 47
Fresh: 41 | Rotten: 6

It contains some ugly anachronisms, but Blake Edwards is at his funniest in this iconic classic, and Audrey Hepburn absolutely lights up the screen.

100

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 0

It contains some ugly anachronisms, but Blake Edwards is at his funniest in this iconic classic, and Audrey Hepburn absolutely lights up the screen.

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Average Rating: 3.9/5
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Movie Info

A lonely, struggling writer becomes enchanted with his neighbor: an independent young woman who strives to be a high-climbing socialite with a penchance for high-fashion and wild parties. But, soon he uncovers the vulnerability she has at heart.

Unrated,

Drama, Romance, Classics, Comedy

Truman Capote, George Axelrod

Sep 21, 1999

Paramount Pictures

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All Critics (47) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (6) | DVD (32)

It's as ditsy and delightful as ever - with charm enough to forgive it plenty.

January 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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...the final scene, a tender sequence that you can sop up with a sponge, but if you aren't moved by it you probably stick kittens with pins.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Film.com
Film.com
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Out of the elusive, but curiously intoxicating Truman Capote fiction, scenarist George Axelrod has developed a surprisingly moving film, touched up into a stunningly visual motion picture.

May 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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This story of a party girl in love with a gigolo allows [director Blake] Edwards to create a very handsome film, with impeccable Technicolor photography by Franz Planer.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A completely unbelievable but wholly captivating flight into fancy composed of unequal dollops of comedy, romance, poignancy, funny colloquialisms and Manhattan's swankiest East Side areas captured in the loveliest of colors.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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For those who considers themselves romantics, or for anyone who just enjoys a simple love story from time-to-time, Breakfast at Tiffany's offers a few simple pleasures.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
ReelViews
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...a captivating romantic comedy that lives up to its place as a classic of the genre.

November 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Audrey Hepburn gives one of her most stylish and iconic performances in this charming if slightly sentimental version of Truman Capote's famous novella.

April 2, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Well, the movie still looks very good, and you'd need a heart of stone not to love the cat.

January 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Blake Edwards's hymn to New York high style and high living with its charming heroine, along with her cat (called "Cat") and those wonderful Johnny Mercer Moon River lyrics, has hardly dated since its release.

January 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Its charms remain undiminished after five decades, despite Mickey Rooney's Mr Yunioshi...

December 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Fabulous, but lots of drinking and cigarettes.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

An undeniably romantic tale of damaged goods finding love.

December 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Clothes on Film
Clothes on Film

Whatever it is, I just don't see the pizzazz in Holly Golightly's life.

March 5, 2009 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Comments (5)
7M Pictures

When it comes to cinematic fashion and romance, perhaps none are more iconic than Blake Edwards' Breakfast at Tiffany's.

January 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Views

...a more ordinary movie than I remembered, with its clunky bits and a story that seems to betray authorial intent. Holly Golightly is not about the conventional American dream of domestic paradise; she is about the American perquisite of reinvention

January 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...the movie maintains a spirited bounce in its step that is still infectious today.

January 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

It's like getting two movies for the price of one %u2013 light romantic comedy and a relatively effective human drama at the same time.

January 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Enduringly enjoyable romantic comedy always worth a revisit. Tone and performances are delicately judged, and Hepburn is radiant throughout.

May 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Pleasantly chic but harmless Hollywood bauble.

February 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comments (2)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Although the movie won Oscars for music and song ("Moon River") by Henry Mancini, "Breakfast At Tiffany's" has a dark underbelly and unlikable characters made attractive by their eccentric behavior and expensive wardrobes.

December 4, 2006 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

I bet you thought I'd go from unpacking Hepburn's ying to examining George Peppard's ying-a-ling.

February 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Breakfast at Tiffany's

A favorite movie of mine since high school. I do love the idea of enjoying a place for its character and not necessarily for purchasing its wares. My Tiffany's is White Castle, though I still do purchase plenty of their delicious, miniature wares and frequent their Valentine's Day extravaganzas.

The dialogue is naughty yet oblique enough for its time; Cat is cute and sad; George Peppard is dreamy as all-get-out; and Henry Mancini's iconic score is playful and mischievous. I prefer Marilyn Monroe to Audrey Hepburn in general, but I can't deny that the latter brings a level of sophistication and class that the former wouldn't have if she had been cast as Holly Golightly, which Truman Capote wanted her to be.

Seeing this again for the first time in a long time though has opened my eyes to an unsettling revelation: Holly Golightly is probably the first [gasp] Manic Pixie Dreamgirl! I've grown weary of the can't-be-tamed caged bird trope that has become a cliche pop culture identity with Karen Gillan's Amy Pond on "Doctor Who" and various other "too fucked up to love me" girls. I used to identify strongly with the winsome and mercurial Holly Golightly and she's still a rather complex and memorable character, but perhaps my impatience for the literary/filmic type has retroactively soured her for me.
December 25, 2013
aliceinpunderland

Super Reviewer

This adorable blend of romance, comedy and sweetness includes several new narrative elements and significant alterations in the original story that only add to it making it even more delightful - and even if miscast, Hepburn surprises with a very special performance.
November 13, 2013
blacksheepboy

Super Reviewer

Re-watching this reminded me how lovely, charming, and horribly racist this is. We really used to do that in movies, huh? If you can look past the choices of the times, there is a great heart under there.
June 24, 2013
Julie

Super Reviewer

Breakfast At Tiffany's is a timeless charming classic starring timeless beauty and style icon Audrey Hepburn. Beautiful and beloved musical score Henry Mancini's Moon River.
September 10, 2011
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer

    1. Holly Golightly: No, no, you disapprove of me. And I will not accept drinks from gentlemen who disapprove of me. I'll pay for my own whiskey and don't you forget it!
    2. Paul Varjak: Holly...
    3. Holly Golightly: I do not accept drinks from disapproving gentlemen. Especially not from disapproving gentlemen who are kept by the ladies. So take it. You should be used to taking money from ladies by now.
    – Submitted by Sarah K (7 months ago)
    1. Holly Golightly: You could always tell what kind of a person a man thinks you are by the earrings he gives you. I must say, the mind reels.
    – Submitted by Adam O (15 months ago)
    1. Mr. Yunioshi: Miss Gorightry!
    – Submitted by Adam O (15 months ago)
    1. Holly Golightly: Well, when I get it the only thing that does any good is to jump in a cab and go to Tiffany's. Calms me down right away. The quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there. If I could find a real-life place that'd make me feel like Tiffany's, then - then I'd buy some furniture and give the cat a name!
    – Submitted by Adam O (15 months ago)
    1. Holly Golightly: I'll tell you one thing, Fred, darling, I'd marry you for your money in a minute. Would you marry me for my money?
    – Submitted by Adam O (15 months ago)
    1. Holly Golightly: I'm like cat here, a no-name slob. We belong to nobody, and nobody belongs to us. We don't even belong to each other.
    – Submitted by Adam O (15 months ago)
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