The Break-Up
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A once-loving Chicago couple whose happily-ever-after quickly turned into a never-again finds their crumbling romance complicated when both parties refuse to move out of the pair's recently purchased condo. The Break-Up is a romantic comedy that starts where all the others end. The future once looked promising for thirtysomething couple Brooke (Jennifer Aniston) and Gary (Vince Vaughn), but lately it seems like a series of increasingly petty and intolerable squabbles have snuffed any semblance of romance in their relationship. Their confrontation endlessly fueled by mean-spirited… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sharp dialogue and detailed observations make it a good deal funnier than you might expect."
‑ Anna Smith, Time Out
"Vince Vaughn kills me. Jennifer Aniston, I think, is underrated as a film actress."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"The Break-Up is a funny and light comedy, but it tries to be something a bit more without being something a bit more, hampered by shoddy characterization, ending up a bit empty."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
""The Break-Up" comes with a slap and a kiss that's at once bracing and pleasing."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"High-aimed intentions are thrown askew by the reliance on inconsistent laughs seemingly meant to break the otherwise overriding tension."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"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."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"The movie offers nothing funny, just a series of sour situations."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"The two stars remain painfully wrong for each other"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A word of caution to anyone heading off to see The Break-Up with the assumption that it is a romantic comedy: this is not a comedy movie with a serious side -- it is a serious movie with a comedic side."
‑ Brandon Fibbs,
"Right up there with the best of the revenge genre, and earns praise from this critic for its sophisticated brand of humor which kept me in stitches from start to finish."
‑ Kam Williams, Providence American
"One seemingly terminal problem with the casting of Ms. Aniston and Mr. Vaughn is that neither of their careers has featured characters who excelled at one-to-one relationships with the opposite sex."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"The Break-Up, a grim excuse for a romantic comedy, is basically an hour and 45 minutes spent in the company of two unpleasant people during a miserable time in their lives."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Is anxious to be a modern "Annie Hall," but really it is just a tedious, glum, and god awful affair."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Stereotypes across the board, puerile one-upmanship games, and an utter failure to explain why, indeed, these two even were together."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Not even the tacked-on ending, hinting at some future sparks between Brooke and Gary, can lighten the sturm und drang in this break-up."
‑ Shirley Sealy, Film Journal International
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