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: May 15, 1985
DVD Release Date: September 2, 2003
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

Taking place almost entirely in one room, "The Breakfast Club" is the kind of movie -- and the kind of play -- that's hardly seen anymore. And good riddance.

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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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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Hughes's poignant, sometimes funny, and always thoughtful drama didn't so much revolutionize the teen movie as it mined the genre for long-ignored potential

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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

Hughes has a wonderful knack for communicating the feelings of teenagers, as well as an obvious rapport with his exceptional cast - who deserve top grades.

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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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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Had something to say about being an adult and how the lessons we learned as a teenager would carry us in to adulthood, for better and for worse.

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David Ansen

Hughes may deserve more plaudits as a social worker than a filmmaker, but you have to admit his hokey situation plays. The reason is the five terrific young actors, who bring more conviction to these parts than they perhaps deserve.

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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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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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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
A smart, moving and funny relic of more than 30 years of age, that takes its characters and their problems seriously in the sweetest way, which really pays off… 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
Carlos Magalh„es
An adorable classic of the '80s that still feels fresh, showing five teenage kids opening up about their personal problems with a great dialogue and… 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.
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