The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure Reviews

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Erick Weber
Final Cut on Film
September 5, 2012
Forget Saw, I'd argue this is the most freakishly disturbing outing of Cary Elwes career.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Nick Johnston
Boston Phoenix
August 30, 2012
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 | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
August 31, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
August 29, 2012
Enduring this brainless kid's film is akin to witnessing the end of the world.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
August 30, 2012
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 | Original Score: D+
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Geoff Berkshire
Variety
August 30, 2012
A prime contender for most peculiar wide release of the year.
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
August 29, 2012
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 | Original Score: 0/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 29, 2012
Nobody is mean in this movie. They talk very loud.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
August 31, 2012
If only there were something on screen to keep your adult brain from dissolving into strained peas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
September 4, 2012
Some of the words used are too adult for kids and the length of the movie is much too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Jim Judy
Screen It!
August 29, 2012
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)
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
August 29, 2012
Chazz Palminteri, Jaime Pressly, Cary Elwes, Christopher Lloyd and Cloris Leachman appear in brief roles, all looking slightly confused and vaguely embarrassed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 4, 2012
I am somewhat hesitant to attempt to describe this...peculiar concoction for fear of being accused of base mendacity.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
Mike McGranaghan
Film Racket
July 14, 2013
excruciating for anyone over the age of five.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Loren King
Boston Globe
August 29, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 30, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Abby West
Entertainment Weekly
August 29, 2012
There are no villains in this movie but there's lots of suspense and problem solving involved in retrieving the balloons.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Sherilyn Connelly
Village Voice
August 28, 2012
It's the latest from Teletubbies distributor Kenn Viselman, described in the film's promo material as a "marketing maverick." Sure, why not?
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
August 29, 2012
Enthralling for preschoolers; much less so for anyone else.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 29, 2012
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 | Original Score: C+
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