Au Hasard Balthazar Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Greenspun
New York Times
May 9, 2005
This is neither an easy film, nor, in the show biz sense, an entertaining one. It makes large demands upon its audience, and in return confers exceptional rewards.
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 17, 2004
Irreverent? Absurd? Indeed, and that's much of the film's genius and inspiration.
Top Critic
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 9, 2004
Quietly devastating, nearly perfect allegory.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
April 9, 2004
After seeing the film, you will never hear a donkey's bray without thinking of Bresson's meek four-legged saint.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 1, 2004
[In Au hasard Balthazar] the suffering is tempered...with the sense of small relief for the quiet little donkey that captured my heart.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 31, 2004
The most modern equivalent of [Balthazar's] final scene may be the ending of Lars von Trier's "Breaking the Waves."
Full Review | Original Score: A
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 19, 2004
Bresson is one of the saints of the cinema, and Au Hasard Balthazar is his most heartbreaking prayer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
March 19, 2004
...has the transcendent beauty of a Renaissance painting and the inspiring fire of a sermon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 18, 2004
An extraordinary work.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Top Critic
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 18, 2004
It is a devastating picture, scored to a Schubert piano sonata and done with a purity and austerity that transfixes us.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
December 11, 2003
Bresson is one of the few directors for whom cinema was both an aesthetic and spiritual pursuit, a search that was reflected in films for which the words 'sublime,' 'transcendent' and 'masterpiece' can seem somehow lacking.
Jurgen Fauth
About.com
October 15, 2003
A sublime cinematic experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 14, 2003
The supreme masterpiece by one of the greatest of 20th-century filmmakers.
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
October 2, 2003
One of cinema's greatest achievements.
Full Review | Original Score: 100/100
Sam Jordison
Film4
May 24, 2003
A strange and bittersweet triumph.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 25, 2003
This great film, made with uncompromising honesty and devastating reality, is, according to Jean-Luc Godard, 'the world in an hour and a half.'
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
April 25, 2003
This is an amazing allegorical study of the life and death of a donkey named Balthazar.
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