• R, 1 hr. 37 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    John Hughes
    In Theaters:
    May 15, 1985 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 2, 2003
  • Universal Pictures


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The Breakfast Club Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

an awakening

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 5/5

January 19, 2014
Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] The movie captures teenagers' innate ability to defeat authority figures, and their own misconceptions about themselves.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A

September 16, 2013
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A movie that has far more problems than its reputation would suggest, the kind of flaws that can be very readily glossed over in a fit of fond remembrance.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 6/10

September 26, 2011
Brian Orndorf

There's not a single false beat to be found, concluding Breakfast with a singular display of emotional discharge unheard of in its genre.

Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com | Original Score: A

September 8, 2008
Cole Smithey

Time capsule.

| Original Score: 4/5

February 16, 2008
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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In nine hours of threatening, bickering and, eventually, poignant (but never maudlin) self-revelation, the stereotypes dissolve and re-form.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

July 27, 2007
Simon Crook
Empire Magazine

Good and bad, it's still the definitive '80s teen movie.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

July 18, 2007
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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John Hughes's 1985 film seems meant to explain 80s youngsters to yesterday's youth, and comes to the comforting conclusion that they're just as alienated, idealistic, and vulnerable as the baby boomers of the 1960s.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 18, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

One of the few teen-oriented films that truly addresses the troubles of its characters, yet it falters in dealing with the issues raised.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

July 18, 2007
Variety Staff
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Does director John Hughes really believe, as he writes here, that 'when you grow up, your heart dies.' It may. But not unless the brain has already started to rot with films like this.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 18, 2007

Time Out
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An iconic movie of the '80s, with all the unappealing baggage that suggests.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Brad Laidman
Film Threat

The Breakfast Club was teen-auteur John Hughes' attempt to take a step back and evaluate the large horde of teens our schools turn out and how they desperately search for identity.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2005
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic

Equal parts funny, smart and sincere, it's a movie that delved a little deeper into the teenage psyche and came back with something more challenging than "nerds want sex."

Full Review Source: DVD Clinic | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 11, 2005
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Teen comedy-drama, over easy.

| Original Score: 3/5

July 6, 2005
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Anyone who has ever been to high school can relate to at least one of these kids.

| Original Score: 4/5

April 22, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...Hughes may have been the first filmmaker to attempt to put plausible teenagers on screen

Full Review | Original Score: B

April 17, 2005
Clint Morris

One of the best films ever made...I mean it!

| Original Score: 4/5

March 11, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The Breakfast Club doesn't need earthshaking revelations; it's about kids who grow willing to talk to one another, and it has a surprisingly good ear for the way they speak.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 23, 2004
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Offers a breakthrough portrait of the pain and miunderstanding which result from demeaning social hierarchies set up by teenagers.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

August 22, 2004

comedy and truth and great tunes

| Original Score: 4/5

May 18, 2004
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