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Breaking Away Reviews

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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.
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March 21, 2007
Though its plot wins no points for originality, Breaking Away is a thoroughly delightful light comedy.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 21, 2007
Peter Yates, previously typed as an action director, lends the film a fine, unexpected limpidity, and the principals are mostly excellent.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Displays the kind of unsentimental optimism that went out of fashion with Hawks.
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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
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Here is a movie so fresh and funny it didn't even need a big budget or a pedigree.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5