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Breakfast on Pluto Reviews

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 25, 2007
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 7, 2006
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Time Out
January 12, 2006
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Arizona Republic
January 7, 2006
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 7, 2006
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 6, 2006
The film is downright aggravating.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 6, 2006
Breakfast on Pluto may seem a fairy tale at times (no pun intended), but this Kitten has claws.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 6, 2006
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 5, 2006
[Jordan] successfully grafts two Irish literary modes, snappy social satire and gloomy dirge.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2006
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.
| Original Score: B+
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
December 27, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
December 27, 2005
... ambitious and endlessly intriguing ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 27, 2005
... despite the movie's bouncy ebullience (courtesy of a terrific period soundtrack) and dashes of fantasy, the film quickly becomes an endurance test.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
December 27, 2005
If you're in the mood for an edgy, raucous, music-driven gender-bender, rent Hedwig and the Angry Inch instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
December 27, 2005
Jordan is the kind of director you follow out of trust, even when his movies aren't perfect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 27, 2005
[T]he performance by Cillian Murphy ... is terrific.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 24, 2005
Breakfast on Pluto ambles along nicely, but feels as if it's never going to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
December 24, 2005
It's a film in and of its own world, sparked by a wicked performance full of wide-eyed wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
December 24, 2005
A cunningly crafted fairytale ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 22, 2005
Enchanting and hopeful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 22, 2005
Ultimately, the film's detachment is its inspired idea and its inherent problem.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 22, 2005
We're handed 36 separate chapters in the life of an androgynous sunbeam, but the whimsy is like a piece of caramel lodged between two of your back teeth: a sweet irritant.
| Original Score: 2/4
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December 8, 2005
You'll be singing along to the soundtrack of Neil Jordan's enchanting Breakfast on Pluto, which boasts the most felicitous use of wall-to-wall pop songs I've ever heard.
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AV Club
December 6, 2005
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Ebert & Roeper
December 6, 2005
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
December 2, 2005
The very characteristics that keep him alive and kicking are the ones that keep you at arm's length. No surprise, then, that even the satisfying and semi-satisfying conclusions to various narrative threads don't quite satisfy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 1, 2005
Pluto's story is scattershot, though it occasionally resonates.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
December 1, 2005
It's as coy and callow as you'd expect from a movie with a lead character nicknamed Kitten.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
November 18, 2005
The twittering main character quickly wears out his welcome.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 18, 2005
In [Jordan's] new film, Breakfast on Pluto, he's trying for a much more elaborate version of [The Crying Game].
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 16, 2005
Beneath the film's monotony, one senses a whiff of cop-out, of playing it safe: Patrick, for all his tender yearnings, shows no lust, no messy ego. He's a saddened saint in pouffy shirts, and Jordan turns his crying game into one big, long whine.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
November 16, 2005
The movie's drastic shifts in tone sabotage any attempt at sustained emotional engagement.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
November 16, 2005
Breakfast on Pluto dishes out some inspired ideas and brazen performances but as a whole, it's an unwieldy meal.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 16, 2005
Murphy's tour de force as the eternally optimistic Patrick surely deserves an Oscar nomination. Thanks to Jordan's bravura storytelling, Breakfast on Pluto is one of very few movies this year truly worth remembering.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 15, 2005
Neil Jordan's picaresque fairy tale stars Cillian Murphy as an Irish transvestite who is arrested after the bombing of a London disco.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
November 15, 2005
So dense with dying fizzle and limp ideas that I began to wonder if Jordan has an evil twin, or if there are in fact several Neil Jordans, among them at least one literate stylist and one humor-handicapped village idiot.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 14, 2005
Murphy is an actor to watch. Even in heels.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
October 18, 2005
If an eventful life journey doesn't produce maturity or just simple insight, it doesn't feel terribly worth it.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 12, 2005
While the sunny production values and '70s bubblegum soundtrack carry the film up to a point, there's a more-of-the-same quality to the narrative that simply can't sustain its 36-chapter, 135-minute running time.