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The Black Balloon Reviews

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December 8, 2008
Small Aussie family drama about a likeable teen's acceptance of his severely disturbed older brother is a sweet and sunny charmer that will be a tough sell at theatres but should find its way home to smaller screens.
December 5, 2008
This small gem has a very satisfying ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 5, 2008
This unblinking family drama packs a visceral punch. Thomas' journey toward acceptance is blessedly free of noble lessons and filled with real people.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 5, 2008
The blooming puppy love between Thomas and Jackie lends The Black Balloon a welcome strain of tenderness. Mr. Wakefield and Ms. Ward project the innocence of shy, sensitive young people for whom a tentative shared kiss is a very big deal.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 5, 2008
Director/writer draws on her personal experiences with frank honesty to lift this up from just another heartwarming movie about a family living with a special-needs teen.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
December 4, 2008
Feels stitched together from countless coming of age tales and dramas with mentally impaired characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 4, 2008
The Black Balloon courses with a firsthand feel for languorous Aussie summers, the shifting scales of love and hate in sibling relationships, and the earned wit that helps families cope with difficult situations.
December 4, 2008
A touching Australian film about a young man's coming-of-age and the re-negotiation of his relationship with his older autistic brother.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 3, 2008
Toni Collette gives it the old Little Miss Sunshine try in The Black Balloon as an edge-of-kooky, very pregnant mama presiding over a chaotic household.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 3, 2008
Elissa Down's semi-autobiographical film always manages to counter its indie clichés with a sober sense of the volatility that comes from living with an autistic individual.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 3, 2008
This auspicious Oz import is a sign of bright, young filmmaking in Australia.
November 29, 2008
The Black Balloon is such a gracefully conceived film, yet crafted with a raw, unflinching honesty exploring the simultaneous sorrow and joy that can define severe family afflictions.
November 20, 2008
Where Baz Luhrmann's 'Australia' is bloated, this Aussie pic is a look at a single family in a suburban Australia town, a group that are alternately heartwarming and frustrating.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 18, 2008
The youth-oriented movie introduces a glowing young Australian actress with true star potential -- the international model Gemma Ward.
October 18, 2008
Collette acts as an anchor for the ensemble, but the young leads credibly hold their own onscreen.
August 17, 2008
Tackles a serious theme with energy and what sometimes feels like too much hilarity. But as the story deepens, it really gets hold of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 19, 2008
It's a very auspicious debut for this young Australian filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 6, 2008
Young love triumphs in a terrific Australian indie that deals with autism in an authentic, unsentimental way.
March 3, 2008
A deeply personal film for writer/director Elissa Down, The Black Balloon is a gentle yet unflinching look at a family strained by the pressures of caring for an autistic teenager.
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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