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The Breakfast Club Reviews

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Joseph Gelmis
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."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Variety Staff
July 18, 2007
Does director John Hughes really believe, as he writes here, that 'when you grow up, your heart dies.' It may. But not unless the brain has already started to rot with films like this.
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
February 18, 2007
| Original Score: 1/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Hughes, having thought up the characters and simply flung them together, should have left well enough alone.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
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.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
An iconic movie of the '80s, with all the unappealing baggage that suggests.
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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
April 16, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 17, 2005
...Hughes may have been the first filmmaker to attempt to put plausible teenagers on screen
Full Review| Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
The Breakfast Club doesn't need earthshaking revelations; it's about kids who grow willing to talk to one another, and it has a surprisingly good ear for the way they speak.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
In The Breakfast Club, Hughes has created a surprisingly enduring motion picture that is still effective 13 years after its theatrical debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 23, 2003
Reistance is futile.
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael Szymanski
June 20, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
April 22, 2005
Anyone who has ever been to high school can relate to at least one of these kids.
| Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Surprisingly touching and funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic
November 11, 2005
Equal parts funny, smart and sincere, it's a movie that delved a little deeper into the teenage psyche and came back with something more challenging than "nerds want sex."
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Chris Barsanti
January 1, 2000
the Most Meaningful of all the John Hughes teen movies
| Original Score: 3/5
Clint Morris
March 11, 2005
One of the best films ever made...I mean it!
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Brian Orndorf
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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