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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
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 19, 2004
Bresson is one of the saints of the cinema, and Au Hasard Balthazar is his most heartbreaking prayer.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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
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.
Bill Gibron
June 14, 2005
This is what makes Au Hasard Balthazar so powerful, and yet so distant. It asks as much of its audience as it does of its characters...
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
December 11, 2003
Bresson is one of the few directors for whom cinema was both an aesthetic and spiritual pursuit, a search that was reflected in films for which the words 'sublime,' 'transcendent' and 'masterpiece' can seem somehow lacking.
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
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
Sam Jordison
May 24, 2003
A strange and bittersweet triumph.
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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.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 31, 2004
The most modern equivalent of [Balthazar's] final scene may be the ending of Lars von Trier's "Breaking the Waves."
Full Review | Original Score: A
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 1, 2004
[In Au hasard Balthazar] the suffering is tempered...with the sense of small relief for the quiet little donkey that captured my heart.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 9, 2005
Bresson's greatest masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 14, 2003
The supreme masterpiece by one of the greatest of 20th-century filmmakers.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 18, 2004
It is a devastating picture, scored to a Schubert piano sonata and done with a purity and austerity that transfixes us.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 9, 2004
Quietly devastating, nearly perfect allegory.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
Doug Cummings
June 14, 2005
Robert Bresson's aesthetic of realist, material sounds and images assembled in paradoxical ways virtually defines the cinematic parable...
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
October 2, 2003
One of cinema's greatest achievements.
Full Review | Original Score: 100/100
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