Balloon

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Balloon isn't as exciting as the real-life story that inspired it, but it remains a solidly made and often engrossing political thriller.

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Two East German families try to escape to the West in a hot-air balloon in 1979.

Cast & Crew

Friedrich Mücke
Peter Strelzyk
Karoline Schuch
Doris Strelzyk
David Kross
Günter Wetzel
Jonas Holdenrieder
Frank Strelzyk
Tilman Döbler
Andreas `Fitscher' Strelzyk
Ronald Kukulies
Erik Baumann
Emily Kusche
Klara Baumann
Kit Hopkins
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Thilo Röscheisen
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Critic Reviews for Balloon

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (9)

  • The fact that it's based on a true story - the closing credits include photographs of the actual families - does not make up for the amassing of red herrings, close calls, and occasions for head-scratching.

    April 20, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Filmmaker Herbig and his team prove to be especially adept at contriving situations where anything anyone does causes fear, anxiety, stress and worry, leaving everyone, very much including the audience, existing on the knife's edge of unremitting tension.

    March 12, 2020 | Full Review…
  • "Balloon" is decent entertainment to a degree, and that is mostly thanks to its handsome production values.

    February 21, 2020 | Full Review…

    Tomris Laffly

    Variety
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  • Lacking the nail-biting suspense that the story would seem to call for, Balloon quickly deflates.

    February 21, 2020 | Full Review…
  • There is nothing objectionable about Michael Bully Herbig's glossy political thriller, "Balloon," but there's nothing particularly exciting about it, either.

    February 20, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It feels like an attempt to transpose the mix of thrills and prestige of a film like Argo onto a different true story, a paint-by-numbers approach that's far less compelling than drawing outside the lines would have been.

    February 19, 2020 | Full Review…

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