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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. 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.
  2. 63
    Vaughn and Favreau are so money, just like they were in "Swingers."
  3. Reviewed by: Tony Horkins
    60
    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.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    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.
  6. 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.
  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
    10
    instant american comedy classic..absolutley terrific by far the best movie of the summer. well acted, funny, sweet, and it breaks the old 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. Collapse
  2. MichelleC.
    May 31, 2006
    10
    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 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
    8
    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
    7
    Overall it was a really interesting movie, which of course had it's lows, but overall was worth seeing. Vince Vaughn and Jennifer 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
    5
    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 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
    4
    It
  7. A.R.
    Jun 6, 2006
    0
    What utter irritating drivel. I can't believe crap like this is made.

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