Breakin' All the Rules - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Breakin' All the Rules Reviews

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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 17, 2004
... this is basically just a sitcom.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 14, 2004
No movie this stupid should need a plot synopsis this complicated.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 14, 2004
A movie that sags and drags under the weight of poor pacing, execrable writing and largely unlikable characters, including a leading man viewers can never really warm up to.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
May 14, 2004
A cleverly concocted hybrid of conventional romantic comedy and mistaken-identity farce.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
May 14, 2004
If the movie were 10 minutes longer, the mix-ups might grind viewers down, but director Daniel Taplitz knows how to juggle the subplots he's given.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
May 14, 2004
In many ways a throwback to the era of Doris Day and Jack Lemmon movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 14, 2004
Like a too-precisely choreographed dance, it feels lifeless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
May 14, 2004
Writer and director Daniel Taplitz piles on the convolutions in an overripe comedy of sitcom stock characters and bad jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 14, 2004
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
May 14, 2004
| Original Score: C-
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 14, 2004
Whatever might have been raunchy-cute has been edited out of it. It's a movie with a lot of very good-looking people trying to find something funny to say or do.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
May 14, 2004
In their scenes together, Foxx and Chestnut trade sly one-liners like front-line horn players in an intimate jazz club, while Union is given her best showcase yet for her comedic timing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
May 14, 2004
For all the labyrinthine liaisons, the plot is as predictable as a rainforest weather forecast. There are, however, enough bright ideas and zippy lines to keep things on the fresh side.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
May 14, 2004
For the most part, Breakin' All the Rules feels like a Richard (Love Actually) Curtis film but without the inventiveness and wit.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 14, 2004
Packed with enough muddles and mixups to stock a French farce (or a middling UPN sitcom), Rules coasts amiably on without striking any real sparks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
May 14, 2004
Delivers the goods in formulaic fashion, but enjoys an edge thanks to a fast-paced story and, more importantly, the casting of Foxx as the romantic lead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
May 14, 2004
In romantic comedy, it's all about the chemistry. Jamie Foxx and Gabrielle Union have just enough to make Breakin' All the Rules worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 14, 2004
The movie depends for its success on the likability of Jamie Foxx, Morris Chestnut and Gabrielle Union, and because they're funny and pleasant, we enjoy the ride even though the destination is preordained.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 14, 2004
As date-night piffle goes ... it's thoroughly engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
May 14, 2004
Foxx and an appealing ensemble ... plus a nice, light touch with the material by writer-director Daniel Taplitz, make for a generally pleasant diversion.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 13, 2004
Jamie Foxx floats gracefully through this screwball sex comedy with a cocked eyebrow and the playful smirk of an overgrown adolescent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 13, 2004
The strain of sustaining its thin premise exhausts the film well before the final credits.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
May 13, 2004
The movie doesn't leave an endearing impression of romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
May 13, 2004
It follows all the rules of comedic plot convention, with only an occasional ripple of surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Joe McGovern
Village Voice
May 13, 2004
Crudely embraces reverse ethnic stereotypes.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
May 13, 2004
The laughs are supposed to come from the mix-ups ... but this stuff is so attenuated and idiotic, it makes even less sense than is the norm for such flyweight workouts.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
May 13, 2004
The film's failure to adhere to one of the most important rules of humor -- never give extensive screen time to someone who is not the slightest bit funny -- prevents it from being a completely enjoyable, if silly, romp.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Karen Heller
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 13, 2004
The plot is enough to induce narcolepsy.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
May 13, 2004
The best screwball comedies seem to breathe helium, but this one never gets airborne.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 13, 2004
A funny movie. Ha-ha funny sometimes, but more frequently amusing in a good-natured, make-you-smile way.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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AV Club
May 13, 2004
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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
May 12, 2004
Yet another unfunny buppie sex comedy.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 12, 2004
The rules of good screenwriting are mostly broken, though Jamie Foxx's smash-and-grab charisma remains intact.
Full Review | Original Score: C+