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Au Hasard Balthazar Reviews

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Top Critic
November 22, 2016
If one were looking for a perfectly realized film, Au Hasard Balthazar would be as likely a candidate as any.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Louis Proyect
January 30, 2015
A film that despite its obvious religious overtones is much more about the hell of relationships based on commodities rather than sin.
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
June 3, 2014
One of the great masterpieces of world cinema: austere, warm, grim, surreal, shocking and heartbreaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Total Film
March 5, 2013
The antithesis of cute Disney films about animals, Au Hasard, Balthazar is a stark meditation on existence in which meaning is conveyed through images and sounds, culminating in a moment of sublime epiphany.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Richard C. Walls
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
March 5, 2013
With Bresson, patience is rewarding, and not just because Balthazar has an ending both strangely beautiful and profoundly sad. It's worth the effort to connect to this singular vision, one that's austere and humane in equal measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
March 5, 2013
The film could have sunk beneath this symbolic burden, yet it is lightened by the speed and precision of Bresson's art; he could derive more from one pair of hands than most directors can from two hours of blood and guts.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 13, 2011
Very much deserves its art-house cred.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
April 27, 2009
If you can see past the heavy-handed religious overtones you will encounter an inspired and deeply intelligent Bresson classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
April 27, 2009
Perhaps the greatest and most revolutionary of Bresson's films, Balthazar is a difficult but transcendently rewarding experience, never to be missed.
Jason Morgan
July 22, 2008
It's a cinematic experience that deserves to be discover for those who want more than what they are told to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
May 30, 2008
The film does maintain a powerful mood throughout, a kind of stringency, and the fate of the humans fades into insignificance as the film draws to a bleak close.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 15, 2007
No film I have ever seen has come so close to convulsing my entire being as has Au Hasard Balthazar.
Ron Reed
Christianity Today
September 1, 2006
It's a study of human weakness and cruelty, it's a portrait of Christ the suffering servant, it's the heartbreaking story of a young girl's descent from innocence to despair. But above all, it's a movie about a donkey.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The film is perhaps the director's most perfectly realised, and certainly his most moving.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 9, 2005
Bresson's greatest masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
July 26, 2005
A deft, impassioned, and wrenching film, but also - emphatically, absurdly - a film about a donkey. Indeed, it hardly pretends to be much more.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 24, 2005
Each scene emerges as a minor miracle. Which makes the sum total an object of extraordinary glory.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
June 22, 2005
The lens of dispassion Bresson invites us to look through during Balthazar embodies "a prayer which slips into life without interrupting it."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
June 20, 2005
Bresson’s most poetic, haunting, personal work.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Doug Cummings
June 14, 2005
Robert Bresson's aesthetic of realist, material sounds and images assembled in paradoxical ways virtually defines the cinematic parable...
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