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Au Hasard Balthazar Reviews

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

The lens of dispassion Bresson invites us to look through during Balthazar embodies "a prayer which slips into life without interrupting it."

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

June 22, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Bresson is one of the saints of the cinema, and Au Hasard Balthazar is his most heartbreaking prayer.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

March 19, 2004
Adrian Turner
Radio Times

One of the great masterpieces of world cinema: austere, warm, grim, surreal, shocking and heartbreaking.

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

June 3, 2014
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

A deft, impassioned, and wrenching film, but also - emphatically, absurdly - a film about a donkey. Indeed, it hardly pretends to be much more.

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

July 26, 2005
Bill Gibron

This is what makes Au Hasard Balthazar so powerful, and yet so distant. It asks as much of its audience as it does of its characters...

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4.5/5

June 14, 2005
Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

December 11, 2003
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Each scene emerges as a minor miracle. Which makes the sum total an object of extraordinary glory.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

June 24, 2005
Jason Morgan

It's a cinematic experience that deserves to be discover for those who want more than what they are told to watch.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

July 22, 2008
Sam Jordison

A strange and bittersweet triumph.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 24, 2003
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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The film is perhaps the director's most perfectly realised, and certainly his most moving.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

The most modern equivalent of [Balthazar's] final scene may be the ending of Lars von Trier's "Breaking the Waves."

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: A

March 31, 2004
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

[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 Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: A

April 1, 2004
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Bresson's greatest masterpiece.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A+

November 9, 2005
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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The supreme masterpiece by one of the greatest of 20th-century filmmakers.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 14, 2003
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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It is a devastating picture, scored to a Schubert piano sonata and done with a purity and austerity that transfixes us.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

March 18, 2004
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Quietly devastating, nearly perfect allegory.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 4/4

April 9, 2004
Ron Reed
Christianity Today

It's a study of human weakness and cruelty, it's a portrait of Christ the suffering servant, it's the heartbreaking story of a young girl's descent from innocence to despair. But above all, it's a movie about a donkey.

Full Review Source: Christianity Today | Original Score: 4/4

September 1, 2006
Doug Cummings

Robert Bresson's aesthetic of realist, material sounds and images assembled in paradoxical ways virtually defines the cinematic parable...

Full Review Source: Filmjourney

June 14, 2005
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

One of cinema's greatest achievements.

Full Review Source: Film and Felt | Original Score: 100/100

October 2, 2003
Jurgen Fauth

A sublime cinematic experience.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4.5/5

October 15, 2003
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