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The Break-Up

Drama . Comedy . Romance

Cohabitating couple Gary and Brooke find their once-blissful romance on the rocks when petty spats about lemons and dirty dishes mushroom into an all-out battle for custody of their upscale Chicago condo. An escalating argument ensues as Gary and Brooke continue to live under the same roof, all while cooking up schemes to drive each other off the premises.

Actors: Joey Lauren Adams , Jennifer Aniston , Vince Vaughn , John Michael Higgins , Ivan Sergei , Justin Long , Judy Davis , Jason Bateman , Jon Favreau , Cole Hauser
Directors: Peyton Reed
Country: USA
Release: 2006-06-02
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  • Jack Mathews

    Newly minted celebrity couple Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston don't have many opportunities to demonstrate their romantic chemistry in Peyton Reed's funny, heart-wrenching The Break-Up, but they still give what may be the best performances of their careers.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    A movie that's smarter than its trailer - in fact, totally different in tone and content? That's news, and it's why The Break-Up is a pleasant surprise to the open-minded.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Chris Kaltenbach

    It's easier to accept a breakup when it's clear that the two parties are mismatched, but a better, braver film would reveal what caused the initial attraction.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    It's an ambitious idea that monkeys with your expectations: make a whole movie about the ugly, hurt-feelings part of the relationship that's usually disposed of in a romantic-comedy musical montage. Unfortunately, like a bad boyfriend, The Break-Up has a problem with consistency.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Vaughn and Favreau are so money, just like they were in "Swingers."

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Jessica Reaves

    It's Aniston's return to the emotional authenticity that surfaced too briefly in "Friends With Money" and made "The Good Girl" such a revelation.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    Listening to people bicker for almost two hours wears thin, especially when the comedy is never quite so funny as you had hoped it would be.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Tony Horkins

    The Break-Up doesn't turn the rom-com on its head, but with its focus on the darker side of love manages to gently tip it on its side.

    Empire Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    It's full of pain and quirky characters standing at oblique angles to one another, and while it doesn't add up it held me throughout.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    Audiences expecting a good time will instead be rewarded with wildly unsympathetic lead characters and uncomfortably long stretches without a laugh in sight.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Since the scenes where they're together are so much less convincing than the ones where they fall apart, watching the movie is like being on a double-date from hell.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    This one has some originality, even though it unfolds like Ingmar Bergman's divorce melodrama "Scenes From a Marriage" - without the marriage.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Imagine watching Bergman's "Scenes From a Marriage," except without good scenes, without a marriage (legal or spiritual) and without people worthy of anybody's attention, even each other's. Now imagine something even worse.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    Done in by its tone.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    The Break-Up is not comical or romantic, and it's certainly not a date movie. Sitting through it is almost as painful as going through the demise of a relationship.

    USA Today Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The Break-Up is like Danny DeVito's "The War of the Roses," but without the wit, the acid, and the blacker-than-black humor.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Marie Iida

    Peyton Reed's The Break-Up proves there is nothing particularly funny or charming about two people splitting up, even if the couple is played by Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    Although possessed of a laudable desire not to be yet another run-of-the-mill, wacky-impediment, I'm-nobody-and-you're-the-Prez's-daughter romance comedy, damned if the picture can figure out how to be an anti-romance comedy.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Marrit Ingman

    Everybody’s sleepwalking here. Vincent D'Onofrio is fantastic with Vaughn in a small part as his brother, but it's as if he’s running in during a break from "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    The best bits are incidental: Vaughn's chats with Jon Favreau as his bartender buddy, which are delightful interludes of jostling ego, and Judy Davis, looking like Anna Wintour redesigned by Tim Burton as an undead marionette, laying down the law as Aniston's boss.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    A routine, stereotype-stuffed sitcom with pretensions.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Carina Chocano

    I'd be happy to see it listed in an in-flight magazine, but "Annie Hall" it's not.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    The script (by Jeremy Garelick and Jay Lavender) strains hard after a few easy jokes, and the whole movie feels dull and trivial.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Michael Agger

    With this genial bunch, and the occasional good line, there's no reason not to see The Break-Up, but there's also no reason, assuming the date is going well, not to skip it and order dessert.

    Slate Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Sporadic rays of sunshine emanate from the broad and gifted supporting cast, but the core story is almost relentlessly unpleasant, like sitting through a dinner party where the host couple does nothing but bicker.

    Variety Full Review
  • William Arnold

    The filmmakers have wildly miscalculated the chemistry these real-life lovers generate on film.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Pete Vonder Haar

    While The Break-Up fancies itself the heir apparent to other vindictive failed relationship movies like "Modern Romance" and "War of the Roses," its lead actors lack the comparable appeal to hold our interest

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    The Break-Up doesn't know whether it wants to be a facile, enjoyable date movie or an unnerving examination of the dark, pockmarked underbelly of everything we expect out of romantic relationships, and it settles for a deeply unsatisfying nowheresville. Full Review
  • Joe Donnelly

    Sadly, The Break-Up is simply an exercise in confusion. To call it erratic would be to imply there was a course it went off, but the film's intentions are impossible to fathom.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Luke Y. Thompson

    Is The Break-Up worth your time? Let's put it this way: Whenever Vaughn is onscreen, it is. When he's not, it ain't. The movie's a comedy, but it's also about a breakup, so it gets a bit maudlin toward the end.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    Nobody likes a fixed fight, except the backroom boys making the deal. Which is why The Break-Up may have its share of laughs, but isn't much fun.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    There are precious few laughs in this poorly written and directed "unromantic comedy" - the sort of dire date movie you'd take somebody to if you wanted it to be a LAST date.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    The biggest unresolved question here is why we're paying $9.50, plus popcorn, for something we can presumably get at home for free.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    If, as the ads would lead you to believe, you go to see The Break-Up expecting a romantic comedy, you will be severely disappointed. If you go to it expecting a good movie, you will also be severely disappointed.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    A lot of The Break-Up doesn't work. Actually, apart from some funny moments between old Swingers sparring partners Favreau and Vaughn, and a nice scene with Jason Bateman as the couple's realtor, virtually none of it works.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Carla Blumenkranz

    Faced with a long and miserable road on which they make each other sorry or crazy, both Brooke (Aniston) and Gary (Vaughn) dig in hard on the least appealing parts of their stock characters.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    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.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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