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Delicately sketched but thematically rich, 6 Balloons rises on Abbi Jacobson's gripping performance -- and marks writer-director Marja-Lewis Ryan as a talent to watch. Read critic reviews

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Over the course of one night, a woman drives across Los Angeles with her brother, who is addicted to heroin, in search of a detox center.

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  • Much like its frazzled protagonist, 6 Balloons has a strong sense of direction, but the film is too constricted to let go, embrace the detours, and allow life to takes it course.

    April 10, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • As a mood piece and character portrait, 6 Balloons is a strong debut for Ryan. But though it doesn't overstay its welcome, by the time the credits roll, 6 Balloons feels like it still has more to say.

    April 9, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • It's a compliment to first-time feature writer-director Marja-Lewis Ryan that we want more of what she has to offer.

    April 6, 2018 | Full Review…
  • At just over an hour, it feels worthy of expansion, but as a short, sharp reminder of the sprawling horror of addiction, it makes its point with a stinging sadness.

    April 6, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • At just over 70 minutes, Balloons feels more like a sketch or a character study than a fully realized film, but it's an affecting sketch nonetheless.

    April 3, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • There is a sense that the picture ends just as it gets going. But it's a movie that understands co-dependency from the inside, as well as the helplessness and hopelessness of trying to cure someone else's addiction.

    March 28, 2018 | Full Review…

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