Ballast Reviews

November 7, 2008
Ballast lacks ballast. Much praised by aficionados of minimalist indie cinema -- hey, who needs a plot when you've got mood? -- it's a wearying slog through anomie in a Mississippi Delta township.
October 25, 2008
Rating high in the unvarnished truth department, "Ballast" does not bring enough entertainment to the table to merit the price of admission. A commendable exercise in plainness does not constitute a reason to see this film.
October 8, 2008
It's an impressive directorial debut that will leave viewers speechless at the end--not necessarily in a good sense.
October 1, 2008
Ballast (another Frozen River, wallowing in the miseries of the underclass) is designed to provoke bourgeois moviegoers' pity.
June 7, 2008
It's really just Indie Filmmaking 101; the hand-held shaky-cam work and jump-cutting go all the way back to Breathless (1959), if not a million other films.
March 19, 2008
Lance Hammer's Ballast suggests and suffers from the influence of the Dardenne brothers.