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Au Hasard Balthazar Reviews

Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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The film could have sunk beneath this symbolic burden, yet it is lightened by the speed and precision of Bresson's art; he could derive more from one pair of hands than most directors can from two hours of blood and guts.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

March 5, 2013
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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Perhaps the greatest and most revolutionary of Bresson's films, Balthazar is a difficult but transcendently rewarding experience, never to be missed.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 27, 2009
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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No film I have ever seen has come so close to convulsing my entire being as has Au Hasard Balthazar.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

November 15, 2007
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
Roger Greenspun
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times

May 9, 2005
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
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
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
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.

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December 11, 2003
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
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