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  • Summary: Director Neil Jordan weaves a wonderfully surreal and magical tale to bring us this funny, moving and poignant rites of passage account of a young man enduring the trials and tribulations he faces with a smile and unwavering faith in the inherent goodness in us all. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 36
  2. Negative: 3 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    100
    Jordan and McCabe's real triumph here, however, is the tenderness with which they imbues "Kitten," and the astonishing grace with which the extraordinary Murphy pulls it off.
  2. 80
    Cillian Murphy gives a tour de force performance.
  3. 80
    If you like your boys pretty and your stories incredible, this movie is for you.
  4. 63
    Ambles along nicely, but feels as if it's never going to end.
  5. Although "Pluto" has a rollicky, endearing air, it's cooler than Jordan's other films.
  6. Cross-dressing and the Irish Troubles don't mix well in Neil Jordan's cloying, fanciful Breakfast on Pluto.
  7. May be Jordan's wildest mis-shot yet, so dense with dying fizzle and limp ideas that I began to wonder if Jordan has an evil twin, or if there are in fact several Neil Jordans, among them at least one literate stylist and one humor-handicapped village idiot.

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  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Mar 19, 2011
    10
    Once again, the users have more collective insight than the critics. This film was lovely: funny, sad, and hopeful without ever strainingOnce again, the users have more collective insight than the critics. This film was lovely: funny, sad, and hopeful without ever straining after cheap emotion. The raves for Cillian Murphy's performance are richly deserved; his "Kitten" is sensitive, imaginative and sweet but also callow and self-absorbed, though this shortcoming that so peeves the critics (who, presumably, were running soup kitchens when THEY were 17) helps protect him from the violence in his life. Moreover, he gives it up in the course of the film, moving from sentimental, overly-scripted fantasies about love to the real thing with all its muddle and mess. Unlike "The Crying Game," the IRA is at the edges of this film, which I found interesting and probably closer to the experience of most in Northern Ireland and England at the time. The conflict would fade away entirely as the film attended to private concerns, exploding back onto the screen when least expected. There's lots more to praise: wonderful casting, even in very small roles (seeing Bryan Ferry was fun); outstanding costumes; perfect music, not only to evoke the period but also to comment on the action. I think Neil Jordan hit this one out of the ballpark, to use a phrase American critics will recognize, and I'm sorry it didn't garner more of their accolades. Oh well, they didn't like "Blade Runner" either, which may actually have helped the film's reputation. Expand
  2. PatrickJ.
    Jan 5, 2006
    10
    If you have to see one gay movie this year, FORGET Brokeback Mountain! Breakfast on Pluto is totally funny, uplighting and by far more If you have to see one gay movie this year, FORGET Brokeback Mountain! Breakfast on Pluto is totally funny, uplighting and by far more interesting. It earns your emotions without pandering for them and makes no excuses for its subject matter and thankfully doesn't have that drooling-for-an-Oscar quality like so many films...It's a story of many stories, not entirely linear, but circular- just like life. And, it's about the life of Kitten. And she is WONDERFUL! See the damn the movie. Expand
  3. JohnK.
    Jan 5, 2006
    10
    You'll Laugh!!!
  4. BillyS.
    Jan 9, 2006
    8
    "Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart" And you thought the world was too cold for another Anne Frank, well, in "Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart" And you thought the world was too cold for another Anne Frank, well, in Breakfast On Pluto, she's back in the guise of Patrick "Kitten" Braden, whose innocent naivety is her strength in an all to "serious, serious, serious" search to find Mitzi Gayner! A great film from one of the most under-rated directors working today. I'm pretty sure "it moved" when I was watching Cillian Murphy, not that theres anything wrong with that! Expand
  5. Richard
    Jan 21, 2006
    8
    A true fairy tale, in every sense. Great acting, great music, 1001 crazy nights & days. Bombs & blarney; slight, but touching. Love the A true fairy tale, in every sense. Great acting, great music, 1001 crazy nights & days. Bombs & blarney; slight, but touching. Love the robins, love Cillian &, most of all, love St. Kitten-not a mean bone in her body. Expand
  6. DebK.
    Jan 9, 2006
    7
    Seriously weird, but amazingly well done. Engaging enough to make me want to find out wat happens next to this poor creature. Neeson was Seriously weird, but amazingly well done. Engaging enough to make me want to find out wat happens next to this poor creature. Neeson was nice, but not staggeringly excellent; Murphy is incredible -- incredibly gorgeous, and incredibly femme -- but seriously weird. Expand
  7. KenJ.
    Nov 22, 2005
    4
    The star was excellent, the movie stunk.

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