Breakfast on Pluto (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

Breakfast on Pluto (2005)

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Critic Consensus: Well-acted if monotonous drama about a transvestite prostitute in London during the 1970s.

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Young Patrick "Pussy" Braden flees Ireland for London during the politically tumultuous 1970s on a quest to find love and a place to call home. There he becomes a transvestite prostitute and gets involved in an IRA bombing campaign.

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Cast

Cillian Murphy
as Patrick `Kitten' Braden
Liam Neeson
as Father Bernard
Eva Birthistle
as Eily Bergin
Bryan Ferry
as Mr. Silky String
Ian Hart
as PC Wallis
Ruth McCabe
as Ma Braden
Conor McEvoy
as Young Patrick
Bianca O'Connor
as Young Charlie
Seamus Reilly
as Laurence
Ruth Negga
as Charlie
Morgan Jones
as Building Site Worker
Mary Coughlan
as Housekeeper
Gavin Friday
as Billy Hatchet
Charlene McKenna
as Caroline Braden
Peter Owens
as Butcher
Paraic Breathnach
as Benny Feely
Rynagh O'Grady
as Mrs. Coyle
Steve Blount
as 1st Bouncer
Keith McCoy
as 2nd Bouncer
Liam O'Toole
as 2nd Biker
Peter Halpin
as Joseph Hanratty
Peter Gowan
as Brother Barnabas
Mark Doherty
as Running Bear
Tony Devlin
as White Dove
Kieran Lally
as The Mohawks
Stephen McDaid
as The Mohawks
Pete Reddy
as The Mohawks
Maurice Seezer
as The Mohawks
Lex Shrapnel
as Soldier at Roadblock
Eamonn Owens
as Jack Timlin
Ciaran Nolan
as Horse Killane
Mary Ryan
as Mrs. Feely
Kathryn Pogson
as Mrs. Henderson
Alan Moloney
as Talking Navvie
Derek Elroy
as Rasta Son
Mal White
as Stephenson
Paul O'Toole
as Barman in Wards
Marc O'Shea
as 2nd Republican
Neil Jackson
as Man at Disco
Dominic Cooper
as Squaddie at Disco
Alan Heyburn
as Paramedic
James Greene
as Gentleman
Fiona Clarke
as 1st Peep Show Girl
Gillian Johnson
as 2nd Peep Show Girl
Sid Young
as English Patrick
Britta Smith
as Mrs. Clarke
Doreen Keogh
as Shopkeeper
Catherine Dunne
as Solidarity Lady
Tom Hickey
as Bishop
Mark Lambert
as Bishop's Secretary
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Critic Reviews for Breakfast on Pluto

All Critics (116) | Top Critics (32)

The film is downright aggravating.

January 6, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Breakfast on Pluto may seem a fairy tale at times (no pun intended), but this Kitten has claws.

Full Review… | January 6, 2006
Detroit News
Top Critic

Like Kitten and everything else about Breakfast on Pluto, it's altogether too overstated and obvious, but at least it doesn't pretend to have any significance whatsoever.

January 6, 2006
Detroit Free Press
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[Jordan] successfully grafts two Irish literary modes, snappy social satire and gloomy dirge.

January 5, 2006
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Perhaps too audacious for some and too coy for others, Breakfast on Pluto is one of those mercurial movies where you really have no idea where it'll take you next. Like its star, it's smart, mischievous and fearless.

January 1, 2006
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Held together by a brilliant fiber of obscure pop songs from the era, Breakfast on Pluto may be Jordan's most agreeable mixture of wisdom and whimsy.

Full Review… | December 27, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Breakfast on Pluto

An orphaned transvestite navigates associations with the IRA and the search for his birth mother. Aside from the chameleon performance by Cillian Murphy as Kitten, there is very little to like about this film. The story is a very basic tale about separation and coming of age that, when it doesn't wreak of cliche, lingers on banalities. Overall, Murphy is the only reason to see the film, but even then, the rest of the film is bound to disappoint.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Like Patrick McCabe's novel, Neil Jordan's "Breakfast on Pluto" is episodic and fragmented. I did enjoy the way Jordan moves his camera and Cillian Murphy is committed to bringing Patrick Braden to life, but it's far too little to save the film. I found this unengaging and emotionally schizophrenic, a combination that left me feeling alienated. Plus, the chapter dividers are totally unneeded in the film, it didn't work that great in the book and on film it's totally superfluous.

Steven Carrier
Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer

½

it's a sweet and hopeful tale about a foundling named kitten, growing up strange in an irish town that never understood him, moving to swinging london in search of his long lost mother, and having many adventures along the way. cillian murphy is wonderful as kitten, a somewhat naive character who never gives up on love. takes awhile to get going and it's a bit uneven. i can't say i don't miss the dark days of mona lisa and the crying game but it's a fun film with enjoyable pop soundtrack

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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