The Black Balloon 2008

The Black Balloon

Critics Consensus

A tender and witty portrayal of a family coping with autism, The Black Balloon is heartfelt without being schmaltzy or moralizing.

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Thomas struggles with having an autistic brother.

Cast & Crew

Rhys Wakefield
Thomas Mollison
Gemma Ward
Jackie Masters
Luke Ford
Charlie Mollison
Toni Collette
Maggie Mollison
Erik Thomson
Simon Mollison
Deborah Ann Piper
Janet
Sally Chesher
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Critic Reviews for The Black Balloon

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (6)

Audience Reviews for The Black Balloon

  • May 08, 2012
    An Australian household has a full plate and then some with their eldest, who is autistic, and how they live their lives in the face of staunch adversity is the subject of this realistic portrayal of the old Biblical maxim that faith w/o works is dead. Nothing overtly cinematic, but a fine subtle touch by the director here instead. Collette does stand out as the Mom whose presence you feel guiding the family even when offscreen.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2010
    Interesting, and depressing, but in no way "compelling" as the "recent reviews" would indicate. A decent film, but not great. The two boys were truly outstanding in their roles, however the scene of the musical at the autistic school was a real stretch. Some very funny laugh out loud scenes, but not enough everything else to make me really like this movie.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2010
    What a great film. Superb acting! It felt as though I was seeing this difficult situation from an insiders point of view.
    Thomas J Super Reviewer
  • Aug 10, 2010
    Ive never known or had to deal with somebody that has autism so I cant relate but I do know I loved this movie & Id definitely recommend anybody to go see it
    Brody M Super Reviewer

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