Breaking Away
Breaking Away (1979)

Bloomington Indiana is the site of this story about Dave Stohler (Dennis Christopher) and his three buddies. The derisive term used by the college kids for Dave's kind is "cutters," that is to say, children of the quarrymen… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: January 29, 2002
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94%
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89%



Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: At once a touching, funny coming-of-age story and a compelling sports film, Breaking Away is a delightful treat.

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

There are a few moments when the picture's easygoing pace turns into wobbliness, but these are insignificant compared with its many moments of shrewd insight into the lives of amusingly shaded but very recognizable human beings.

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Time Out

Displays the kind of unsentimental optimism that went out of fashion with Hawks.

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Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Rousing bicycle race story is a family favorite.

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Variety

Though its plot wins no points for originality, Breaking Away is a thoroughly delightful light comedy.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Breaking Away is a wonderfully sunny, funny, goofy, intelligent movie that makes you feel about as good as any movie in a long time. It is, in fact, a treasure.

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Dan Jardine
Cinemania

Breaking Away embraces the good old fashioned small town family values that would catapult Ronald Reagan to an enormously popular two term presidency. And still, I like it.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Peter Yates, previously typed as an action director, lends the film a fine, unexpected limpidity, and the principals are mostly excellent.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Here is a movie so fresh and funny it didn't even need a big budget or a pedigree.

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Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

The triumphant ending teeters on twee, but feels warranted enough to give it a pass and enjoy the moment right along with him.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Dan Schultz
A feel-good, inspirational story concerning an offbeat teenager who discovers his love for biking, despite his non-supportive father (Paul Dooley) wanting him… More
Lanning : )
This is my friend Gwen's all-time favorite movie. It turned her into a bike fanatic. Great early work from a young Dennis Quaid. My how time flies.
AJ Verser
The essential biking film! If you're into sports movies, love riding bikes, or compete in bike racing yourself, you will love this movie. It's a… More
Byron Brubaker
A little rough around the edges, but I guess that represents the cutters. Dave, his three friends and his parents are each unique characters. I thought it was… More
Cindy I
This film really impressed me the first time around. But since I haven't seen it since then (about 1984 or so), my rating is based on fond memories. If I… More
John Ballantine
So apparently I saw this film...and I can't remember a single thing about it. It must have been reeeeally good :)