The Break-Up Reviews

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June 22, 2006
It's not a good sign when a movie is called The Break-Up and you can't wait for the couple to split so they'll get some relief from one another, and give the audience some relief from them.
June 21, 2006
One seemingly terminal problem with the casting of Ms. Aniston and Mr. Vaughn is that neither of their careers has featured characters who excelled at one-to-one relationships with the opposite sex.
June 21, 2006
It fails because it neglects to create characters we care about.
June 19, 2006
Nil chemistry. How can Vaughn and Aniston be dating? They don't even like each other.
June 15, 2006
An extended sit-com played for laughs, with little to redeem itself. The two central characters are not the only ones who wish things had been different. I, for one, would have liked to laugh. Or cry. Or at least be entertained.
June 11, 2006
The behavior of the two main charactres exists solely to be "cute," while giving us no reason to believe these two people should be together in the first place.
June 10, 2006
Tensions predictably escalate and we're forced to spend the rest of the movie pretending like we care if these two annoying slices of Wonder Bread end up together.
June 9, 2006
... Comes apart at the seams, the victim of irreconcilable differences between Vaughn's schtick and the flimsy script.
June 9, 2006
You end up hoping the serial killer from See No Evil will wander over from a neighboring auditorium and pluck out their eyes just to make it stop.
June 8, 2006
With nothing genuine invested in either character, we can focus fully on how bland and churlish they are.
June 8, 2006
Go in expecting a romantic comedy, and you'll be disappointed; go in expecting a grueling dissection of a relationship that should never have started, and you might find it interesting.
June 8, 2006
I'm not sure what it was trying to deliver, and I don't think director Peyton Reed knows either.
June 8, 2006
Vaughn, who has fooled Hollywood into thinking he's a real actor, has two basic styles: motor-riff quickly through dialogue or stand still and imitate a brick.
June 7, 2006
The only really nice thing about the story is that it doesn't opt for a Hollywood happy ending.
June 7, 2006
Vaughn is a guy's-guy kind of actor -- his characters are more comfortable shooting pool or knocking back beers than getting romantic on the couch -- so it's no surprise that the chemistry he generates is with Favreau rather than Aniston.
June 7, 2006
The most interesting so far of this summer's blockbuster disappointments, the film's willingness to buck audience expectations and at least try for something tougher makes it an admirable failure.
June 5, 2006
This is a deeply conservative movie, not conservative in a political way but conservative in a Ward-and-June-Cleaver kind of way...
June 5, 2006
amusing at times, but neither the story nor the lead actors give us enough to care or laugh about.
June 5, 2006
'The Break-Up' breaks down in the end
June 4, 2006
The emotional thread is unpleasant from beginning to end with the occasional comical quip sporadically thrown in.
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