• R, 1 hr. 37 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Jieho Lee
    In Theaters:
    Jan 25, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 6, 2008
  • ThinkFilm

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The Air I Breathe Reviews

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

Pretentious in its tone, ambitious in its goals, and incompetent in its execution, The Air I Breathe is a polluted mess despite its good intentions.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 4, 2012
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

As the plot strands begin to coalesce everything becomes far too overwrought.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 12, 2008
J.B. Mitchell
Orlando Weekly

The movie takes itself way too seriously, and it doesn't add up to much, but, nevertheless, it's borderline entertaining.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 3/5

February 28, 2008
Brandon Judell
New York Theatre Wire

Your appreciation of this circular plotting will have a great deal to do with how tongue-in-cheek you believe the film is

Full Review Source: New York Theatre Wire

February 11, 2008
Marlow Stern
Manhattan Movie Magazine

Mr. Lee is a former director of Asian music videos, which explains why his debut feature, from the high-octane opening credits to the Marnie-esque ending, is all style and no substance.

| Original Score: 1/5

February 3, 2008
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com

A perfectly awful example of a certain breed of American indie film that brings together a lot of familiar faces for an ensemble drama about...nothing.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 2/5

January 25, 2008
Christopher Campbell
Cinematical

None of the four morality plays ... are necessarily original in plot, nor is the film itself particularly innovative in its structure ... it just seems flat and useless.

Full Review Source: Cinematical | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 25, 2008
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Each story has its moments, but Air lacks an overarching vision.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

January 25, 2008
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Aside from demonstrating how liberation and change can occur even at the most dire turn of events, it's not exactly clear exactly what his overly ambitious drama is trying to say.

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

January 25, 2008
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Brendan Fraser is Pleasure, Sarah Michelle Gellar is Sorrow, Kevin Bacon is Love, Forest Whitaker is Happiness, and the director is Pretension.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 25, 2008
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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I can't fault any of the actors for anything other than bad judgment. Their performances are fine, but a good fortune cookie might have told them to stay away from this.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

January 25, 2008
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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A stew of cheap irony, ponderous but meaningless allegory, violence and pretension, the movie is all borrowed style and calculated pandering. It does, however, get more ludicrous by the minute. So in that sense, it's good for an occasional laugh.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 25, 2008
Paul Brenner
Filmcritic.com

not a nihilistic work of cinematic art, but a laugh-out-loud slapstick free-for-all.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

January 24, 2008
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Four unappealing mini-dramas about happiness, pleasure, sorrow, and love.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

January 24, 2008
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Ah, January, hallowed dustbin for projects half-baked, too cooked, or both, as in the case of this overstuffed actioner.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

January 24, 2008
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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With any luck, The Air I Breathe should be the last gasp of the faux-Altmanesque school of serendipitous storytelling.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 24, 2008
Eric Kohn
New York Press

It's particularly frustrating to watch Whittaker, the strongest thespian of the bunch, desperately mine for gold in a narrative landslide.

Full Review Source: New York Press

January 23, 2008
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International

[Jieho] doesn't know what to do with actors, however, and the film's impressive ensemble is wasted.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

January 23, 2008
Ronnie Scheib
Variety
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Morosely pretentious.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 22, 2008
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine

Ignore all of that foolishness and watch the collision of emotions The Air I Breathe provides -- it is enough all by itself to leave you breathless.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

January 18, 2008
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