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Breaking Away Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 4, 2015
A textbook definition of a sleeper hit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
Rousing bicycle race story is a family favorite.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
July 22, 2010
Breaking Away embraces the good old fashioned small town family values that would catapult Ronald Reagan to an enormously popular two term presidency. And still, I like it.
Full Review | Original Score: 78/100
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
March 12, 2010
The triumphant ending teeters on twee, but feels warranted enough to give it a pass and enjoy the moment right along with him.
Full Review | Original Score: 66/100
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 3, 2008
There are a few moments when the picture's easygoing pace turns into wobbliness, but these are insignificant compared with its many moments of shrewd insight into the lives of amusingly shaded but very recognizable human beings.

Film4
August 3, 2008
Christopher is so good in this quietly charming, Yates-drected tale of four high school graduates trying to decide what to do with their lives that it's a wonder he didn't achieve the heights of co-star Quaid.

TV Guide
March 21, 2007
A delightful sleeper.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety
March 21, 2007
Though its plot wins no points for originality, Breaking Away is a thoroughly delightful light comedy.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 21, 2007
Peter Yates, previously typed as an action director, lends the film a fine, unexpected limpidity, and the principals are mostly excellent.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 10, 2007
The screenplay by Oscar-winner Steve Tesich sometimes turns a little precious, but the character and atmosphere is so firmly established that it all works out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Displays the kind of unsentimental optimism that went out of fashion with Hawks.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
May 5, 2006
This charming comedy shows sensitivity to American peculiarities and eccentricties in spite (or may be because) of the fact that it was scripted by a writer of foreign descent and helmed by a Brit, Peter Yates.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
February 23, 2006
Despite a reasonably fun performance from Daniel Stern, Dennis Quaid earnest overacting sinks what could have been a quaint film about middle America.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Breaking Away is a wonderfully sunny, funny, goofy, intelligent movie that makes you feel about as good as any movie in a long time. It is, in fact, a treasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
May 28, 2004
Dennis Christopher is unforgettable in his one big film role.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Here is a movie so fresh and funny it didn't even need a big budget or a pedigree.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
May 20, 2002
This timeworn material probably should work, but it doesn't really since, most of the film's angst and conflict seems calculated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
March 15, 2002
Calling Breaking Away a 'feel good' movie is far too limiting
Full Review | Original Score: B
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 13, 2002
There's a joy to Breaking Away that forgives its occasional skylarking and narrative dips into the cliché pool.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
March 12, 2002
Those looking for a movie about restless young adults that doesn't focus on rampant raunchiness and insipid sex jokes should most definitely search this one out.
| Original Score: 86/100
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