Breakin' All the Rules


Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26

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  1. This could be the year's smartest romantic comedy.
  2. 75
    Not a comic masterpiece, but it's entertaining and efficient, and provides a showcase for its stars. It's on the level of a good sitcom.
  3. 70
    This isn't all gold--there are lame riffs on a booze-swilling dog and a flabby old man with a boner--but it's well above average.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Designed to be a date movie, Rules could have stronger male appeal than many comedies of its ilk.
  5. 63
    Isn't exactly a good movie, but it turns out not to be bad, either. It's a romantic comedy that strains to be screwball but at least is likable.
  6. Plays strictly to formula, the only real surprise is its apparently ironic title.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Has something many movies don't these days: interesting and attractive people talking to each other.
  8. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Manages to amuse as a cleverly concocted hybrid of conventional romantic comedy and mistaken-identity farce.
  9. The rules of good screenwriting are mostly broken, though Jamie Foxx's smash-and-grab charisma remains intact.
  10. Full of sharp ideas and wry moments awaiting the inspired ingenuity of a screwball comedy to pull it all together. It never comes.
  11. Writer-director Daniel Taplitz seems to be trying to invoke classic screwball with this convoluted setup, but it plays like mediocre sitcom.
  12. Jamie Foxx finds his funny bone is firmly intact in the effervescent, urban-flavored romantic comedy Breakin' all the Rules.
  13. The hard-sell comic delivery one expects from contemporary date movies is pleasantly tempered here.
  14. The actor's (Jamie Foxx) deft touch lends the flighty story of mistaken identities and romantic mix-ups among mostly African-American characters in Los Angeles the kind of saucy bounce that Cary Grant lent to similar roles six decades ago.
  15. 50
    The film's failure to adhere to one of the most important rules of humor -- never give extensive screen time to someone who is not the slightest bit funny -- prevents it from being a completely enjoyable, if silly, romp.
  16. Not entirely bereft of chuckles, though it misses one comic opportunity after another (the best jokes are in the trailer).
  17. The cast, headed by the divine Jamie Foxx, is better than the material. Director Daniel Taplitz is better than the material.
  18. A story only slightly more complex than your average episode of "Friends."
  19. 40
    Yet another unfunny buppie sex comedy in the manner of "The Brothers," "Two Can Play That Game" and "Deliver Us From Eva."
  20. 40
    Written and directed by Daniel Taplitz, Breakin' has a hard time building up steam and an even harder time distinguishing itself from any number of UPN sitcoms.
  21. 40
    This tepid romantic comedy not only fails to break the rules, but it follows them to the letter.
  22. 40
    It's nobody’s idea of a classic comedy, but in its own inoffensive and eager-to-please way it's a pleasant enough way to spend 90 minutes ogling the lustrous Ms. Union and Mr. Foxx's equally and endlessly fascinating volcanic coif.
  23. 30
    The threadbare plot gets considerable padding from alternately psychotic, lecherous, and greedy Caucasians.
  24. No movie this stupid should need a plot synopsis this complicated.
  25. 30
    A movie that sags and drags under the weight of poor pacing, execrable writing and largely unlikable characters.
  26. The freshest thing about Breakin' All the Rules is its dropped "g.''

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