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Ballast Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Worth seeing as an example of the lengths to which a filmmaker will go to establish his career - but don't ever mistake it for sociology.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 15, 2011
Brandon Judell

His brilliant "Ballast" was as much a hit in Seattle as it was at Sundance.

Full Review Source: GreenCine

July 29, 2011
Graham Young
Birmingham Post

With debut director Lance Hammer admirably holding on to his core values in a way that directors too easy to deliver a crowd-pleaser do not, this is a fine, low-budget independent film...

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 3/5

May 12, 2011

Hammer manages to do enough with his actors and his nuanced script to make this exploration of the way even disparate people can provide stability for one another seem surprisingly engaging.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 3/5

April 10, 2011
Philip French

The opening half hour is electrifying, the ending interestingly open-ended...

Full Review Source: Guardian

March 22, 2011
Sophie Ivan

A hugely impressive, distinctive directorial debut and a compellingly humanist window onto a layer of American society that mainstream cinema likes to pretend doesn't exist.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4/5

March 21, 2011
Shaun Munro
What Culture

This airy, quiet meditation on the struggle of three people to transcend abject poverty and unexpected loss will likely play as too dialled-down for many tastes, but persevering with it will reveal a rare, peculiar mystical quality...

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 3/5

March 20, 2011
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

Quite a debut here from writer-director Lance Hammer, working on a minuscule budget in the Mississippi Delta, and evoking a memorably forlorn kind of regional specificity.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 4/5

March 18, 2011
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

Naturalistic performances from a non-professional cast add to the austere integrity and touching humanity of this bleak tale.

Full Review Source: Daily Express

March 17, 2011
Philip Concannon
The Skinny

This is a director who understands that a whisper can be as powerful as a shout, and in its own quiet way, Ballast is a stunning achievement.

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 4/5

March 17, 2011
Peter Bradshaw

A difficult, subdued film, but intelligent and with more intricacy and subtlety than at first appears.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

March 17, 2011
Alan Mack
Little White Lies

Sags in the final third, but the impeccable craftsmanship keeps matters afloat.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 3/5

March 17, 2011
David Parkinson
Radio Times

Hammer makes exceptional use of British cinematographer Lol Crawley's evocative imagery and Kent Sparling's visceral sound design...

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

March 17, 2011
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Drugs, guns, attempted suicide. The Mississippi Delta is a watercolour landscape in duns and half-colours. Black poverty is turned over like the underside of the American dream.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 4/5

March 17, 2011
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Although the film never fulfils the promise of its elliptical, mysterious opening - the drama occasionally lacks momentum as it proceeds towards some sort of resolution - there's no denying its intelligence, compassion and assurance.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

March 16, 2011
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

It puts the 'blue' into bluegrass, but finds plenty of uplift and emotion too. Excellent.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

March 14, 2011
Tom Dawson
Total Film

Powerful, semi-improvised performances bring us closer to the isolated characters, who movingly earn themselves the possibility of redemption.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

March 10, 2011
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Has the sparse purity of barren trees and the brutal intimacy of a broken vow.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 20, 2009
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

... the cinematic equivalent of a miniature, a piece carved out of the stories of three troubled and damaged souls...

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B+

February 19, 2009
Marc Mohan

The overall thrust of the story -- that downtrodden folks in desperate circumstances have the capacity for goodness -- is one too rarely seen.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B

December 5, 2008
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