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  • Summary: Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston star in The Break-Up, which starts where most romantic comedies end: after boy and girl have met, fallen in love, moved in to start their happily-ever-after -- and right when they wind up driving each other crazy. (Universal Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 37
  2. Negative: 6 out of 37
  1. 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.
  2. 63
    Vaughn and Favreau are so money, just like they were in "Swingers."
  3. 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.
  4. The script (by Jeremy Garelick and Jay Lavender) strains hard after a few easy jokes, and the whole movie feels dull and trivial.
  5. 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."
  6. 40
    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
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 58
  2. Negative: 14 out of 58
  1. JenieS.
    Aug 4, 2006
    instant american comedy classic..absolutley terrific by far the best movie of the summer. well acted, funny, sweet, and it breaks the old hollywood ending...very well done and very smart...a instant comedy classic..go vaughn. Expand
  2. MichelleC.
    May 31, 2006
    Say what you will about this movie but I was truly entertained. I love Jennifer Aniston in everything she does, so it is no surprise that I think she is awesome as Brooke a sometimes crazy, always loveable heartbroken women. (Did I mention she looks amazing-worth the price of admission alone.) Vince Vaughn is classic Vince Vaughn-sarcastic and hilarious. I laughed, I cried. I think we will all see a side of how childish and vindictive we can be when going through a break-up. The ending rocks by the way!!! Expand
  3. ShanS.
    Jul 6, 2006
    I thought that the ending was totally appropriate. Some really funny lines that I missed the first time but caught the second. Great!
  4. AaronF.
    Jun 4, 2006
    Overall it was a really interesting movie, which of course had it's lows, but overall was worth seeing. Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston deliver amazingingly well done acting that was so perfect...unfortunatley the directing does tend to drag out the wrong parts too long. If it had moved a little more seamlessly it would have been a great hit, but it's still really good and has it's value none-the-less. It's a little weird to see Vince Vaughn as the obvious antagonist, even though he's usually good at showing those moments we love to laugh at but don't want to be like in many movies. They really played on the strengths of the actors in that, and like I said, the timing is the only thing throwing it off. It would have come together more if they could have had just a slightly more satisfying ending too, as compared to the "there's hope" ending. I guess that once again comes up to timing on the director's part. Expand
  5. MarkT.
    Aug 4, 2006
    I had really low expectations when I went. It was my girlfriend who wanted to go and I was expecting a "chick flick". I was a little surprised and it exceeded my low expectations. I still dosed off once, but it wasn't bad. Expand
  6. GeorgeR.
    Jun 4, 2006
  7. A.R.
    Jun 6, 2006
    What utter irritating drivel. I can't believe crap like this is made.

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