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Danny Deckchair Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Nothing more than the same rom-com clichés you've seen a thousand times.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 9, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A splendid movie while its hero is preparing for his flight and actually experiencing it, but it's not nearly as interesting once he descends to earth.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

August 27, 2004
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The limp movie seems to be an attempt by an Australian to mimic a bad American romantic comedy, and, unfortunately, he succeeds admirably.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

August 10, 2004
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Like its hero, the film has nary a mean-spirited bone. Only like Danny, it's a rather slight body.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

August 27, 2004
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Balsmeyer can't seem to make up his mind whether he's making a gentle romantic comedy with heartfelt trimmings, or a full-court Aussie farce.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

August 12, 2004
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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Despite the soaring novelty of Danny's getaway, and despite the unfailing, scruffy sweetness Ifans brings to every scene, writer-director Jeff Balsmeyer borrows too heavily from other films.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

August 26, 2004
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A thin premise.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

September 2, 2004
Christian Toto
Washington Times

Can a movie be lighter than helium? Danny Deckchair proves that conclusively

Full Review Source: Washington Times | Original Score: 2/4

August 27, 2004
Victoria Alexander
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It's no "Without A Paddle" but 100 minutes of my life was blown away.

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August 30, 2004
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

[U]nfortunately, Rhys Ifans is miscast in the role of the Jimmy Stewart character

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C+

August 24, 2004
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Balsmeyer's script never gets sharp enough -- particularly when it comes to the rather questionable character of Danny himself.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

August 11, 2004
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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What starts off as a spin on The Wizard of Oz turns into one of those Frank Capra-esque excursions into candy land populism with its windy homilies about 'nobodies' like Danny finding their inner 'somebodies.'

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

August 11, 2004
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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What you might call conditional whimsy, predicated on the audience overlooking so many plot implausibilities that it might get tuckered out from all the charity.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

August 27, 2004
Sean O'Connell
Filmcritic.com

an unchallenging romantic comedy that begins with its quirky character's balloon-and-chair experiment but never flies as high as the film's leading man

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 24, 2004
Anthony Del Valle
Las Vegas Mercury

[Jeff Balsmeyer's] playing it safe causes this beautiful opportunity of a film to crash just when it seems destined for the stratosphere.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Mercury | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 31, 2004
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

Climbs to a magical high halfway through, then spends the rest of its time in an easy chair.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

September 3, 2004
Timothy Knight
Reel.com

There's absolutely no energy to this cliché-ridden mix of familiar media satire and feeble romantic comedy.

| Original Score: 0.5/4

August 13, 2004
Peter Debruge
Premiere Magazine

In Balsmeyer's hands, Danny's story comes to seem every bit as awkward as the character himself, and the movie, like the balloon ride that inspired it, ultimately falls flat.

Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 17, 2004
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Unevenly pitched somewhere between a straight-faced Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and a magical realist Big Fish.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 10, 2004
Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
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Hail globalism: Sweet, dumb American movies can now be made anywhere in the world.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

August 11, 2004
David Stratton
Variety
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Sydney Morning Herald
August 8, 2003

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August 28, 2004

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September 10, 2004

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October 1, 2005

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February 9, 2006
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