Breaking Away
Breaking Away (1979)

This charming, Academy Award winner (1979, Screenplay) cycles high on comedy as four friends come to terms with life after high school. When top-notch cyclist Dave (Dennis Christopher) learns that the world's bicycling champions are… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: July 13, 1979
DVD Release Date: January 29, 2002
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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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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

A textbook definition of a sleeper hit.

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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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Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Rousing bicycle race story is a family favorite.

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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.

Dan Jardine

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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Flixster Audience Score: 88% 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 V
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 :)