Film Comment - 11/01/2005
"PLUTO is a movie of moments....Images sashay more credibly than words, and Jordan improves on the source material..."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 11/01/2005
"Jordan is an accomplished filmmaker, and there are striking images and effective scenes..."
Rolling Stone - 12/01/2005 3 stars out of 4 -- "Cillian Murphy lights up the screen....The role is a feast for an actor...and Murphy digs into BREAKFAST with gusto."
Premiere - 12/01/2005 4 stars out of 4 -- "This exuberant, bounding, moving film is explicitly about its gender-bending character....Played with unstoppable wit and feeling by Cillian Murphy..."
New York Times - 11/16/2005
"[With] a zany, lurching momentum and vitality....The sweetness works in a delightfully subversive way."
Sight and Sound - 01/01/2006
"Declan Quinn's cinematography is suitably lush, with bright blood reds and luminescent greens echoing Patrick's garishly provocative sartorial sensibilities..."
Uncut - 02/01/2006
"Flamboyant fun, blessed with a glittering '70s pop soundtrack and tiny-but-telling truths."
Premiere - 06/01/2006 3 stars out of 4 -- "Cillian Murphy is quite fabulous as Kitten....The actor's transformation, physical and emotional, is remarkable."
Total Film - 07/01/2006 3 stars out of 5 -- "Director Neil Jordan and Murphy are endearingly earnest in their belief in the material....Whimsical..."
Reuniting with writer Patrick McCabe, who co-scripted his acclaimed 1997 film THE BUTCHER BOY, Neil Jordan delivers another entertaining spectacle of a motion picture. Set in the United Kingdom during the tumultuous 1960s and ?70s, BREAKFAST ON PLUTO tells the story of Patrick "Kitten" Braden (an electrifying Cillian Murphy), an orphan from a small Irish town who dreams of escaping his drab surroundings. Though his orphan status is enough to make him an outsider, Patrick's gleeful decision to become the cross-dressing Androgynous Kitten sends him into the outside world for good. He ends up at the trailer home of traveling musician Billy Rock (Gavin Friday), who is hiding weapons used by the IRA in a series of vicious attacks. After an unexpected tragedy, Kitten says farewell to Ireland and heads for the glamorous, rough-and-tumble streets of London, where she faces hatred and hardship in equal measure. Through it all, Kitten somehow retains her unwavering spirit, teaching a valuable lesson about staying hopeful and optimistic in the face of harsh degradation.
Murphy's portrayal of the fiercely flamboyant Kitten is a sight to behold. Beautiful as a man, Murphy's appearance takes on an even more ethereal glow as a woman. Adding greater weight to the proceedings are the performances from Jordan regulars Liam Neeson and Stephen Rea, as well as Ruth Negga, Laurence Kinlan, and real-life musician Friday. Filled with a staggering amount of great pop songs from that legendary era, BREAKFAST ON PLUTO is an inspiring ode to individual human spirit.