The Loveless (Breakdown)
The Loveless (Breakdown) (1983)

The period biker flick The Loveless marks the feature debut of both actor Willem Dafoe and writer/director Kathryn Bigelow (Strange Days). Bigelow co-wrote and co-directed the film with Monty Montgomery, who would go on to produce Wild at… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: November 16, 2004
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

At times the perversely slow beat of each scene can irritate, but that's a reasonable price for the film's super-saturated atmosphere.

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Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide

A strange, but compelling amalgam of art film and homage to the American International Pictures biker flicks of the 1960s.

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Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

A slightly hallucinatory homage to The Wild Ones.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

Its evocation of tough-guy glamour is ridiculously stilted. And it regards the past with absolutely no perspective or wit.

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Emanuel Levy

Bigelow's first feature, co-written and co-directed with Monty Montgomery, is a nihilistic meditation on 1950s biker flicks, featuring Willem Dafoe in his first screen role.

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Intelligent, provocative, camp, indulgent, erotic, occasionally frustrating, and often brilliant.

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Fernando F. Croce

An excoriation of Reagan-era nostalgia for the Fifties

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Mostly concerned about how it looks and not too concerned about its story or in making great observations.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

A minor classic of a certain attitude.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
Did this movie have a story? You can't even tell, since nothing happens at all. I did not care for this movie, and I don't recommend it.
Conner Rainwater
It was worth it to see Willem Dafoe as a fifties biker in the same light as The Wild One, but the script was just not strong enough. It had a lot of bizarre… More
Daniel Parsons
Kathryn Bigelow's feature debut is an assured, vibrant and detailed biker flick set in evocative 50's small town America. There's not much in the… More