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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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  1. Positive: 20 out of 36
  2. Negative: 3 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    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. However great Murphy is in this film, even greater is Liam Neeson as Father Bernard.
  5. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    A more down-to-earth actor would sentimentalize Breakfast on Pluto and make for an awkward fit with its peculiar mix of tones. Murphy's strangeness--his chill estrangement--makes his campy "Kitten" persona more poignant.
  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
    Once 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. Feb 24, 2013
    Both Cillian Murphy Liam Nesson and among my favorite actors, but this movie is quite possibly the strangest thing I have ever seen. It had a few funny moments, so it gets a 2... but it was really basically unwatchable. Expand

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