The Breaker Upperers

Critics Consensus

The Breaker Upperers brings the laughs early and often, thanks to the dry wit -- and effervescent chemistry -- of writer-director-star duo Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami.



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Fifteen years ago, Mel (Madeleine Sami) and Jen (Jackie van Beek) discovered they were being two-timed by the same man. Bitter and cynical they became fast friends and formed The Breaker Upperers, a small-time business breaking up couples for cash. Now they're in their late-thirties and business is booming. They're a platonic, codependent couple who keep their cynicism alive by not getting emotionally involved with anybody else. But when they run into an old victim, Mel develops a conscience and their friendship is truly put to the test.

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Critic Reviews for The Breaker Upperers

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (6)

  • A marvelously kooky, occasionally laugh-out-loud funny buddy comedy.

    Feb 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "The Breaker Upperers" adds some welcome irreverence to the homogenized mix of Netflix comedies.

    Feb 15, 2019 | Full Review…
  • [D]irectors, writers and stars Jackie van Beek and Madeline Sami still give this film a wild energy that's absolutely their own, with jokes that take the audience from giggles to cackles to all-out shrieks.

    Feb 14, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It makes up in freshness what it lacks in technique.

    Jul 25, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The film coasts off the energy and rapport of this affable pair, whose smart-mouthed performances are full of pep and fizz.

    Jun 7, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Their film feels marvelously shaggy around the edges - their personalities pop - until after a whiplash-funny first hour, they play it safe with an everyone-gets-a-hug Paul Feig-style climax.

    Mar 22, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Amy Nicholson

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Audience Reviews for The Breaker Upperers

  • Feb 17, 2019
    If you want to read the review I wrote for this, go to I can no longer post long reviews on here and I'm not writing two separate reviews for the same movie.
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