6 Balloons

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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.



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Over the course of one night, a woman drives across LA with her heroin addict brother in search of a detox center, with his two year old daughter in tow.


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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.

    Apr 10, 2018 | Rating: C | 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.

    Apr 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.

    Apr 6, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Benjamin Lee

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  • 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.

    Apr 3, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • The movie leaves you with a deep respect for the willingness evidenced by Ryan and her collaborators to take several gambles that pay off dramatically and emotionally.

    Mar 19, 2018 | Full Review…

    Joe Leydon

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  • What stays with you is [Abbi] Jacobson's grippingly understated lead turn, which promises a fruitful future screen life beyond Broad City.

    Mar 19, 2018 | Full Review…

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