The Breakfast Club

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8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 255 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 255

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  1. YoonC.
    Sep 14, 2003
    6
    Manipulative teen angst drama from John Hughes; I suspect many teens have found it engaging not because of its honesty(it isn't) but because teens--like everyone else--prefer to see their problems simplified and brandnamed than presented in complex, existential terms. Highly contrived(main characters are GEEK, JOCK, MISFIT, POPULAR GIRL, UNPOPULAR GIRL) but actors give their all and Manipulative teen angst drama from John Hughes; I suspect many teens have found it engaging not because of its honesty(it isn't) but because teens--like everyone else--prefer to see their problems simplified and brandnamed than presented in complex, existential terms. Highly contrived(main characters are GEEK, JOCK, MISFIT, POPULAR GIRL, UNPOPULAR GIRL) but actors give their all and manage to force a few grudging smiles from the audience. Expand
  2. Aug 27, 2010
    4
    most overhyped movie of all time
    THESE ARE EXTRA CHARACTERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
  3. Mar 1, 2015
    6
    The movie was alright, the performances were good, the directing was solid and the screenplay was alright, just as the movie. When a movie depends too much on the script, you have to make it great in order to make a great production (a great example on a movie that depends on the screenplay and does it fantastic is "Before Sunset"). Sometimes when the characters were expressing theirThe movie was alright, the performances were good, the directing was solid and the screenplay was alright, just as the movie. When a movie depends too much on the script, you have to make it great in order to make a great production (a great example on a movie that depends on the screenplay and does it fantastic is "Before Sunset"). Sometimes when the characters were expressing their feelings i really saw them forced, and predictable and as a thing that plays an important role (script) it was supposed to make me understand the characters and their motives and it failed at that. The character development was fine, but i really didn't felt that they were that interesting as they try to make them look like, because of that i really got bored at some parts, but that doesn't mean i didn't enjoy it. I did but i think this movie is a little overrated Expand
  4. May 15, 2016
    6
    The Breakfast Club can't pack itself a story due to the stale comedy/drama. It left me confused with a sign saying, "I don't get it." Decent movie anyways.
  5. raVen
    Aug 15, 2004
    6
    High school is a bit like corporate media. Management passes down the talking points of the day and eventually they trickle into the everyday vernacular. How is it that you could walk into any high school campus in America and ask them who the preppies, jocks, geeks, and stoners are and anyone would know what you were talking about? Teenage talking points, that's how. You are PLACED. High school is a bit like corporate media. Management passes down the talking points of the day and eventually they trickle into the everyday vernacular. How is it that you could walk into any high school campus in America and ask them who the preppies, jocks, geeks, and stoners are and anyone would know what you were talking about? Teenage talking points, that's how. You are PLACED. And in a way, this movie was a primordial precurser to "Reality TV." ....The film is absolutely phony. None of these people are like the ones I went to school with. But they do REPRESENT those I went to school with. Because they're engineered to. They're archetypal. Estevez, Hall, Ringwald, Nelson... they are the original high school gods, from whom all modern teenage mythology is descended - more cause than effect. So when I watch it, I watch defensively but nevertheless fascinated, like an archeologist sweeping dust off bones. Expand
  6. Jul 24, 2015
    5
    The film starts out well, but deteriorates with the only intelligent kid being put in detention for having a weapon in his locker, although the "cool" kid carries a knife on his person. Much of this film resonated with me as a good reflection of all that is **** about school, but it was destroyed by the music and dancing montage as well as some bad interactions. If we were all that messedThe film starts out well, but deteriorates with the only intelligent kid being put in detention for having a weapon in his locker, although the "cool" kid carries a knife on his person. Much of this film resonated with me as a good reflection of all that is **** about school, but it was destroyed by the music and dancing montage as well as some bad interactions. If we were all that messed up everyone would be in prison by now. Expand
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Before lapsing into the land of the insipid,... John Hughes actually made a few movies that shined some light on the trials of modern adolescence. The Breakfast Club is one of them.
  2. 75
    From the neon-sign opening titles to the derivative angst of the dialogue, it's a touchstone of '80s pop culture, and a schizophrenic one, too.
  3. 70
    Comes to the comforting conclusion that they're just as alienated, idealistic, and vulnerable as the baby boomers of the 1960s.