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The Black Balloon Reviews

November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
May 1, 2009
Thomas and Jackie's friendship, blossoming into a chaste romance, is the dramatic engine that powers The Black Balloon, but it's far from the most important relationship in the film.
April 17, 2009
The film's vision is neither a grim wallow nor falsely cheerful. It's compassionate but unblinking, and in the end we can't help but admire the genuine strength of how its characters accept their special challenge.
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
April 10, 2009
The Black Balloon establishes this family with a delicate mixture of tenderness and pain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 2, 2009
There are wrenching scenes that are brutally stark, yet there remains a steady sense of calm that is touching and sensitive without ever turning sentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 2, 2009
Structurally and cinematically, The Black Balloon sticks to the coming-of-age basics, but [director] Down has a gift for conveying time and place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 6, 2009
The Black Balloon, a splendid Australian film about a teenager and his older autistic brother, gets it, from the happy/sad imagery of the title through the uplifting, but not saccharine, finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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 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 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
This auspicious Oz import is a sign of bright, young filmmaking in Australia.
October 18, 2008
Collette acts as an anchor for the ensemble, but the young leads credibly hold their own onscreen.
March 6, 2008
Young love triumphs in a terrific Australian indie that deals with autism in an authentic, unsentimental way.