The Breakfast Club Reviews

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January 2, 2020
[Hughes] understands adolescents as well as anyone who has ever made movies about them, and he has a fluent way with young actors. In this picture, his dramatic ideas may be cheesy, but Hughes still manages to create some excitement and laughs.
October 20, 2019
...impressively (and consistently) engrossing...
July 4, 2019
The film is an extraordinarily well-blended mix of humor, heartbreak, and anger as each character displays a pantheon of raw emotions.
April 11, 2018
A superb film, an all-time classic, and an all-time favourite of many a film lover.
March 7, 2018
An absolutely outstanding movie, not only one of the best ever made about high school-age kids, but one of the pinnacle films of the 1980s.
January 18, 2018
Hughes's poignant, sometimes funny, and always thoughtful drama didn't so much revolutionize the teen movie as it mined the genre for long-ignored potential
January 4, 2018
Taking place almost entirely in one room, "The Breakfast Club" is the kind of movie -- and the kind of play -- that's hardly seen anymore. And good riddance.
February 13, 2016
Hughes has a wonderful knack for communicating the feelings of teenagers, as well as an obvious rapport with his exceptional cast - who deserve top grades.
December 11, 2015
Had something to say about being an adult and how the lessons we learned as a teenager would carry us in to adulthood, for better and for worse.
November 9, 2015
Hughes may deserve more plaudits as a social worker than a filmmaker, but you have to admit his hokey situation plays. The reason is the five terrific young actors, who bring more conviction to these parts than they perhaps deserve.
April 4, 2015
The late John Hughes' finest hour (he didn't have many, despite a prolific output), The Breakfast Club was the best of the so-called "Brat Pack" features as well as a seminal film for many who came of age in the 1980s.
March 26, 2015
Molire's most famous work, Tartuffe, is about a pious fraud who turns out to be a criminal... The joke is that Bender is a criminal fraud who turns out to be pious.
March 23, 2015
Nothing really changes. You hear nothing you haven't heard before. But you know that for them it is happening for the first time, and they deserve compassion. I'm not sure that's a good enough reason to see "The Breakfast Club."
March 23, 2015
Rarely have on-screen teens felt this authentic. They bluster, bicker and trade horrible insults (whence the film's R rating), then suddenly expose their most guarded feelings.
March 22, 2015
...doesn't just remember or understand what it's like to be a teenager. The Breakfast Club embodies the experience.
February 13, 2015
While meticulously drawn, the film's characters are so stereotypically representative that only the lamest of moviegoers will not determine their respective backgrounds and problems long before the plodding movie does.
January 19, 2014
an awakening
September 16, 2013
[VIDEO ESSAY] The movie captures teenagers' innate ability to defeat authority figures, and their own misconceptions about themselves.
September 26, 2011
A movie that has far more problems than its reputation would suggest, the kind of flaws that can be very readily glossed over in a fit of fond remembrance.
September 8, 2008
There's not a single false beat to be found, concluding Breakfast with a singular display of emotional discharge unheard of in its genre.
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