Nothing more than the same rom-com clichés you've seen a thousand times.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
The limp movie seems to be an attempt by an Australian to mimic a bad American romantic comedy, and, unfortunately, he succeeds admirably.
Like its hero, the film has nary a mean-spirited bone. Only like Danny, it's a rather slight body.
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.
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.
A thin premise.
Can a movie be lighter than helium? Danny Deckchair proves that conclusively
It's no "Without A Paddle" but 100 minutes of my life was blown away.
[U]nfortunately, Rhys Ifans is miscast in the role of the Jimmy Stewart character
| Original Score: C+
Balsmeyer's script never gets sharp enough -- particularly when it comes to the rather questionable character of Danny himself.
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.'
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.
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
[Jeff Balsmeyer's] playing it safe causes this beautiful opportunity of a film to crash just when it seems destined for the stratosphere.
Climbs to a magical high halfway through, then spends the rest of its time in an easy chair.
There's absolutely no energy to this cliché-ridden mix of familiar media satire and feeble romantic comedy.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Unevenly pitched somewhere between a straight-faced Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and a magical realist Big Fish.
Hail globalism: Sweet, dumb American movies can now be made anywhere in the world.
| Original Score: C