Breaking Away - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Breaking Away Reviews

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Christopher Null
February 23, 2006
Despite a reasonably fun performance from Daniel Stern, Dennis Quaid earnest overacting sinks what could have been a quaint film about middle America.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeremy Heilman
May 20, 2002
This timeworn material probably should work, but it doesn't really since, most of the film's angst and conflict seems calculated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
March 12, 2002
Those looking for a movie about restless young adults that doesn't focus on rampant raunchiness and insipid sex jokes should most definitely search this one out.
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
Bob Grimm
Las Vegas Mercury
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Rebecca Murray
March 10, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
Rousing bicycle race story is a family favorite.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 10, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
March 27, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
May 10, 2001
Breaking Away is not only about friendship and competition, it is also a touching tale of youthful initiation into adulthood.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 21, 2002
...provides a sense of encouragement for everyone who watches it...a winsome and engaging little film.
| Original Score: 8/10
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 5, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Dan Jardine
July 22, 2010
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 | Original Score: 78/100
Top Critic
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 3, 2008
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.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
November 7, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
March 15, 2002
Calling Breaking Away a 'feel good' movie is far too limiting
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sarah Chauncey
June 10, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 8, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
June 9, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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