The Breakfast Club Reviews

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Joseph Gelmis
Newsday
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
Newsday
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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Variety Staff
Variety
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Hughes, having thought up the characters and simply flung them together, should have left well enough alone.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
In The Breakfast Club, Hughes has created a surprisingly enduring motion picture that is still effective 13 years after its theatrical debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4