The Breakfast Club
The Breakfast Club (1985)

John Hughes wrote and directed this quintessential 1980s high school drama featuring the hottest young stars of the decade. Trapped in a day-long Saturday detention in a prison-like school library are Claire, the princess (Molly Ringwald);… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: September 2, 2003
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Breakfast Club is a warm, insightful, and very funny look into the inner lives of teenagers.

Joseph Gelmis

Nothing really changes. You hear nothing you haven't heard before. But you know that for them it is happening for the first time, and they deserve compassion. I'm not sure that's a good enough reason to see "The Breakfast Club."

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Michael Booth
Denver Post

In nine hours of threatening, bickering and, eventually, poignant (but never maudlin) self-revelation, the stereotypes dissolve and re-form.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The late John Hughes' finest hour (he didn't have many, despite a prolific output), The Breakfast Club was the best of the so-called "Brat Pack" features as well as a seminal film for many who came of age in the 1980s.

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Rafer Guzman

Rarely have on-screen teens felt this authentic. They bluster, bicker and trade horrible insults (whence the film's R rating), then suddenly expose their most guarded feelings.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

John Hughes's 1985 film seems meant to explain 80s youngsters to yesterday's youth, and comes to the comforting conclusion that they're just as alienated, idealistic, and vulnerable as the baby boomers of the 1960s.

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Rubin Safaya

Molière's most famous work, Tartuffe, is about a pious fraud who turns out to be a criminal... The joke is that Bender is a criminal fraud who turns out to be pious.

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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

While meticulously drawn, the film's characters are so stereotypically representative that only the lamest of moviegoers will not determine their respective backgrounds and problems long before the plodding movie does.

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Variety Staff

Does director John Hughes really believe, as he writes here, that 'when you grow up, your heart dies.' It may. But not unless the brain has already started to rot with films like this.

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Josh Larsen

...doesn't just remember or understand what it's like to be a teenager. The Breakfast Club embodies the experience.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Eugene Bernabe
John Hughes' coming-of-age classic is engulfed with brash stars (Estevez, Ringwald, Nelson, Hall, Sheedy) in their most pristine and memorable roles. The… More
Alice Shen
Ugh. So awful. I understand that the overarching message of this movie is that stereotypes are merely that: once you get close enough to someone, you see how… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Powerful and iconic, The Breakfast Club is a well-filmed, well-acted, and quite entertaining coming-of-age film that is, to this day, surprisingly and… More
Christian C
A self-indulgent monument to the cultural wasteland that was the 1980's. Nearly competent acting for a script bereft of larger meaning. Never really… More
Kase Vollebregt
John Hughe's 'The Breakfast Club' is still a perfect embodiment of teenage angst in film and may just as well stand as a timeless classic.
Chris Weber
Quintessential John Hughes and a classic of the 1980's. Very iconic and memorable. Required viewing. PERIOD. The set up is simple: five teens from… More