Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)



Critic Consensus: It contains some ugly anachronisms, but Blake Edwards is at his funniest in this iconic classic, and Audrey Hepburn absolutely lights up the screen.

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A lonely, struggling writer becomes enchanted with his neighbor: an independent young woman who strives to be a high-climbing socialite with a penchance for high-fashion and wild parties. But, soon he uncovers the vulnerability she has at heart.

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Audrey Hepburn
as Holly Golightly
Mickey Rooney
as Yunioshi
Alan Reed Sr.
as Sally Tomato
John McGiver
as Tiffany's Clerk
Dorothy Whitney
as Mag Wildwood
Stanley Adams
as Rusty Trawler
Elvia Allman
as Librarian
Claude Stroud
as Sid Arbuck
Dick Crockett
as Taxi Driver
Kip King
as Delivery Boy
James Lanphier
as The Cousin
Joan Staley
as Girl in Low-Cut Dress
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Critic Reviews for Breakfast at Tiffany's

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (14)

It can be faulted as a narrative and it doesn't take a serious moral view. But the people who querulously insist on such points have clearly not surrendered to Miss Hepburn's magic spell.

July 10, 2018 | Full Review…

An unusual love story, glamorous, sophisticated, with more than a touch of the bizarre.

October 3, 2015 | Full Review…

Well, the movie still looks very good, and you'd need a heart of stone not to love the cat.

January 20, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's as ditsy and delightful as ever - with charm enough to forgive it plenty.

January 18, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Fabulous, but lots of drinking and cigarettes.

December 22, 2010 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

...the final scene, a tender sequence that you can sop up with a sponge, but if you aren't moved by it you probably stick kittens with pins.

February 2, 2009 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Breakfast at Tiffany's

A favorite movie of mine since high school. I do love the idea of enjoying a place for its character and not necessarily for purchasing its wares. My Tiffany's is White Castle, though I still do purchase plenty of their delicious, miniature wares and frequent their Valentine's Day extravaganzas. The dialogue is naughty yet oblique enough for its time; Cat is cute and sad; George Peppard is dreamy as all-get-out; and Henry Mancini's iconic score is playful and mischievous. I prefer Marilyn Monroe to Audrey Hepburn in general, but I can't deny that the latter brings a level of sophistication and class that the former wouldn't have if she had been cast as Holly Golightly, which Truman Capote wanted her to be. Seeing this again for the first time in a long time though has opened my eyes to an unsettling revelation: Holly Golightly is probably the first [gasp] Manic Pixie Dreamgirl! I've grown weary of the can't-be-tamed caged bird trope that has become a cliche pop culture identity with Karen Gillan's Amy Pond on "Doctor Who" and various other "too fucked up to love me" girls. I used to identify strongly with the winsome and mercurial Holly Golightly and she's still a rather complex and memorable character, but perhaps my impatience for the literary/filmic type has retroactively soured her for me.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

This adorable blend of romance, comedy and sweetness includes several new narrative elements and significant alterations in the original story that only add to it making it even more delightful - and even if miscast, Hepburn surprises with a very special performance.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Re-watching this reminded me how lovely, charming, and horribly racist this is. We really used to do that in movies, huh? If you can look past the choices of the times, there is a great heart under there.

Julie B
Julie B

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