• PG, 1 hr. 40 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Peter Yates
    In Theaters:
    Jul 13, 1979 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 29, 2002
  • Twentieth Century Fox

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Breaking Away Reviews

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Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Rousing bicycle race story is a family favorite.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 18, 2010
Dan Jardine
Cinemania

Breaking Away embraces the good old fashioned small town family values that would catapult Ronald Reagan to an enormously popular two term presidency. And still, I like it.

Full Review Source: Cinemania | Original Score: 78/100

July 22, 2010
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

The triumphant ending teeters on twee, but feels warranted enough to give it a pass and enjoy the moment right along with him.

Full Review Source: Film and Felt | Original Score: 66/100

March 12, 2010
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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There are a few moments when the picture's easygoing pace turns into wobbliness, but these are insignificant compared with its many moments of shrewd insight into the lives of amusingly shaded but very recognizable human beings.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 3, 2008

Film4

Christopher is so good in this quietly charming, Yates-drected tale of four high school graduates trying to decide what to do with their lives that it's a wonder he didn't achieve the heights of co-star Quaid.

Full Review Source: Film4

August 3, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

A delightful sleeper.

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

March 21, 2007

Variety
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Though its plot wins no points for originality, Breaking Away is a thoroughly delightful light comedy.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 21, 2007
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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Peter Yates, previously typed as an action director, lends the film a fine, unexpected limpidity, and the principals are mostly excellent.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 21, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
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The screenplay by Oscar-winner Steve Tesich sometimes turns a little precious, but the character and atmosphere is so firmly established that it all works out.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

February 10, 2007
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

| Original Score: 3/5

November 5, 2006

Time Out
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Displays the kind of unsentimental optimism that went out of fashion with Hawks.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

This charming comedy shows sensitivity to American peculiarities and eccentricties in spite (or may be because) of the fact that it was scripted by a writer of foreign descent and helmed by a Brit, Peter Yates.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: 4/5

May 5, 2006
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

| Original Score: 5/5

October 8, 2005
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

| Original Score: 3/5

June 9, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Breaking Away is a wonderfully sunny, funny, goofy, intelligent movie that makes you feel about as good as any movie in a long time. It is, in fact, a treasure.

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

October 23, 2004
Sarah Chauncey
Reel.com

| Original Score: 4/5

June 10, 2004
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

Dennis Christopher is unforgettable in his one big film role.

| Original Score: 5/5

May 28, 2004
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

| Original Score: 5/5

December 5, 2003
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 5/5

November 7, 2003
Dan Fazio
Citysearch

| Original Score: 4/5

September 16, 2003
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