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The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure Reviews

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Mike McGranaghan
Film Racket

excruciating for anyone over the age of five.

Full Review Source: Film Racket | Original Score: 1.5/5

July 14, 2013
Erick Weber
Final Cut on Film

Forget Saw, I'd argue this is the most freakishly disturbing outing of Cary Elwes career.

Full Review Source: Final Cut on Film | Original Score: F

September 5, 2012
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

I am somewhat hesitant to attempt to describe this...peculiar concoction for fear of being accused of base mendacity.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: .5/5

September 4, 2012
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com

Some of the words used are too adult for kids and the length of the movie is much too long.

Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com | Original Score: 3/10

September 4, 2012
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
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The whole thing runs about an hour too long: It should have been a TV show. The adventure's too big for the kids who would love it the most.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

August 31, 2012
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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If only there were something on screen to keep your adult brain from dissolving into strained peas.

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

August 31, 2012
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com

Meant to tickle toddlers, Balloon isn't worth punishing multiplex pricing, delivering small-scale thrills on a limited budget. It's definitely a rental, offering parents a chance to escape while wee ones bop around.

Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: D+

August 30, 2012
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine

There's potential to this picture, even if the initial box office reaction is, well, terrible

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

August 30, 2012
Geoff Berkshire
Variety
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A prime contender for most peculiar wide release of the year.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 30, 2012
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

The road to hell, they say, is paved with good intentions. Walking up that road are The Oogieloves, a trio of the most cloyingly unbearable characters a parent could ever introduce to their preschool child.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 1/4

August 30, 2012
Nick Johnston
Boston Phoenix

The tale of three multi-colored blobs hunting for lost magical balloons feels like a bad pilot, the kind that post-Barney PBS would reject out of hand.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 0.5/4

August 30, 2012
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com

One of the characters proclaims this will be "the greatest movie ever", and you know it won't be. Even the 4-year old sitting behind me was dubious of that claim.

Full Review Source: WaffleMovies.com | Original Score: 0/4

August 29, 2012
Jim Judy
Screen It!

I kept hearing someone mutter, 'The horror...The horror,' as the nearly 90 minutes dragged on for what seemed like an eternity, and then realized those words were coming from me.(Full Content Review for Parents also available)

Full Review Source: Screen It!

August 29, 2012
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

Enthralling for preschoolers; much less so for anyone else.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

August 29, 2012
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

The Oogieloves play a lot like Teletubbies in Pee Wee's Playhouse and it looks to become a staple in many a small child's DVD collection and possibly a cult item in college dorm rooms.

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

August 29, 2012
Abby West
Entertainment Weekly
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There are no villains in this movie but there's lots of suspense and problem solving involved in retrieving the balloons.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

August 29, 2012
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Enduring this brainless kid's film is akin to witnessing the end of the world.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: .5/4

August 29, 2012
Loren King
Boston Globe
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It's like paying to watch a dumbed-down mash-up of the least creative parts of "Teletubbies," "Barney & Friends," and "Pee-wee's Playhouse."

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1/4

August 29, 2012
Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
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If you have preschoolers or fond memories of tots smiling at friendly costumed characters, you may find a soft spot for this gentle film ...

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

August 29, 2012
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Nobody is mean in this movie. They talk very loud.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 29, 2012
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