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Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge (The Flight of the Red Balloon) Reviews

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Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)

It's all humdrum and low key without any redeeming compositional elegance or symmetry.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

May 29, 2008
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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This Red Balloon is gorgeously photographed, and finely acted; like the first film, it gives its plaything a real, solid dimensionality. But despite its title, it never really soars.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

April 4, 2008
Jonathan F. Richards
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Lamorisse's film was a third of this length, and was lighter than air. Hou's is about the weight of air itself on a muggy day, and whether that sustains over 113 minutes will be between each viewer and his attention span.

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June 23, 2008

An odd tale of life on the winding streets of Paris, The Flight Of The Red Balloon isn't without its moments of beauty, but its vague story and aimless tone is more likely to frustrate than enchant.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 2/5

March 14, 2008 of the most monumentally boring films I've ever forced myself to sit through.

Full Review Source: MTV

April 4, 2008
Anna Smith

French drama The Flight Of The Red Balloon has been praised at film festivals, but it's likely to divide audiences less tolerant of arthouse minimalism.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

March 14, 2008
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Some will read something deeper here, while others will find sweet caprice...but nothing would have been lost if the balloon had fallen to a cutting room floor.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

April 3, 2008
Matthew Turner

Beautifully shot, but ultimately dull and plot-free drama that's both elusive and frustrating, despite a strong performance from Binoche.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 2/5

October 18, 2008
Harvey S. Karten

For special tastes: for others, the film is static, punctuating the harried life of a mother who frankly does not have much reason to be frazzled.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: C

March 27, 2008
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

Many will become irritated and bored; watching eggs being cracked for pancakes could be riveting to watch, but not here.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

May 22, 2008
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Watching this was a waste of time.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: F

July 6, 2010
Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
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The imagery of the classic movie, where a spirited red balloon wafts unpredictably over Paris, never even attempts to reach a metaphorical height, nor does it even engage us compositionally.

May 18, 2007
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine

For the first time, the great Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien (Three Times, Café Lumiere) has made a movie set outside of Asia. The project, alas, is of little interest.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

January 24, 2008
Peter Bradshaw

Too contrived and self-reflexive for my tastes.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

March 14, 2008
Armond White
New York Press

Like Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys (a two-hour adaptation of Chris Marker's 28-minute La Jetée), Hou's Lamorisse remake lasts longer than the original -- but says less.

Full Review Source: New York Press

April 2, 2008
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The best of Hou's films are quiet accumulations of hints and nuances that reward the patient viewer with an emotionally rich conclusion. Not so here.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 2, 2008
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The slow-moving Red Balloon really doesn't stack up favorably with its obvious inspiration, the delightful 1956 short fantasy The Red Balloon.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

June 12, 2008
Eric Henderson
When Canses Were Classeled

Miraculously avoids leaden 'significance' in favor of a sagacious lived-in-ness.

Full Review Source: When Canses Were Classeled

May 23, 2008
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 4/5

May 17, 2007
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Plenty of well-meaning filmmakers advertise emotion without contextualizing it. Hou's latest film feels to me like a masterpiece responding intuitively to a masterpiece.

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

April 18, 2008
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

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