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The Breakfast Club Reviews

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David Ansen
November 9, 2015
Hughes may deserve more plaudits as a social worker than a filmmaker, but you have to admit his hokey situation plays. The reason is the five terrific young actors, who bring more conviction to these parts than they perhaps deserve.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 4, 2015
The late John Hughes' finest hour (he didn't have many, despite a prolific output), The Breakfast Club was the best of the so-called "Brat Pack" features as well as a seminal film for many who came of age in the 1980s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rubin Safaya
March 26, 2015
Molière's most famous work, Tartuffe, is about a pious fraud who turns out to be a criminal... The joke is that Bender is a criminal fraud who turns out to be pious.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Joseph Gelmis
March 23, 2015
Nothing really changes. You hear nothing you haven't heard before. But you know that for them it is happening for the first time, and they deserve compassion. I'm not sure that's a good enough reason to see "The Breakfast Club."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rafer Guzman
March 23, 2015
Rarely have on-screen teens felt this authentic. They bluster, bicker and trade horrible insults (whence the film's R rating), then suddenly expose their most guarded feelings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Josh Larsen
March 22, 2015
...doesn't just remember or understand what it's like to be a teenager. The Breakfast Club embodies the experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
February 13, 2015
While meticulously drawn, the film's characters are so stereotypically representative that only the lamest of moviegoers will not determine their respective backgrounds and problems long before the plodding movie does.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 19, 2014
an awakening
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
September 16, 2013
[VIDEO ESSAY] The movie captures teenagers' innate ability to defeat authority figures, and their own misconceptions about themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 26, 2011
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 | Original Score: 6/10
Brian Orndorf
September 8, 2008
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 | Original Score: A
Cole Smithey
February 16, 2008
Time capsule.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
July 27, 2007
In nine hours of threatening, bickering and, eventually, poignant (but never maudlin) self-revelation, the stereotypes dissolve and re-form.
Simon Crook
Empire Magazine
July 18, 2007
Good and bad, it's still the definitive '80s teen movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
July 18, 2007
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.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 18, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
July 18, 2007
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.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
An iconic movie of the '80s, with all the unappealing baggage that suggests.
Brad Laidman
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic
November 11, 2005
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
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