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The Black Balloon Reviews

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April 8, 2009
The outlines are broad and obvious, and Thomas such a bore, that The Black Balloon loses air.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 14, 2009
It's a well-meaning film, marked by Luke Ford's sensitive portrayal of a disabled character. But the main character is bland, imparting the same vibe on the rest of the film.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 4, 2008
Feels stitched together from countless coming of age tales and dramas with mentally impaired characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 6, 2009
It's a film about a supposedly real-world set-up that never feels true, even though the people who made it clearly set out to treat their subject matter and the audience with respect.
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
May 25, 2013
Autism is a subject most filmmakers fear to broach, but not Aussie newcomer Elissa Down, she attacks the issue with honesty and passion.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 10, 2009
The Black Balloon establishes this family with a delicate mixture of tenderness and pain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 10, 2009
At its sharpest Elissa Down's feature directorial debut is guided by intense, rough-edged emotional swings that feel authentically alive, even when the script settles for tidiness.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
March 6, 2009
Collette aside, there is no wow factor in The Black Balloon -- just a not-bad story told with better-than-average skill.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 18, 2008
The youth-oriented movie introduces a glowing young Australian actress with true star potential -- the international model Gemma Ward.
May 3, 2009
The Black Balloon is neither 'Rain Man' nor 'The Other Sister. This Aussie charmer charts its own course.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
March 19, 2008
It's a very auspicious debut for this young Australian filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
January 12, 2009
It's a film that comes from the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 6, 2009
It sometimes skirts melodrama territory, but the deep emotions ultimately are real and gratifying. Dependable Toni Collette keeps it grounded, disappearing into her role as the incredibly patient mother.
April 16, 2009
The Black Balloon is marked by the fiercest bravery you're likely to encounter on screen this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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