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Danny Deckchair Reviews

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
September 17, 2004
Balsmeyer may remind you of the guy at the party who, after one too many shots, puts a lampshade on his head. It's funny for maybe a moment -- until you realize, to your horror, that he doesn't know when to stop.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
September 17, 2004
The easygoing humor and uplifting messages -- that it's never too late to turn your life around -- are welcome, especially in the September movie doldrums.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
September 9, 2004
As for the charm factor, I can't think of any screen couple this year with more of such an elusive quality than Ms. Otto and Mr. Ifans.
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Charles Ealy
Dallas Morning News
September 2, 2004
Such sentiments are fine, of course, but they're not the ingredients of groundbreaking filmmaking. We've been over this territory ad nauseum.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 2, 2004
An entertaining flight of fancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sara Gebhardt
Washington Post
August 27, 2004
A delightful, well-acted illustration of an unhappy person's breakout from his mundane existence.
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
August 27, 2004
You'll probably forget Danny Deckchair a few minutes after leaving the theater, but it passes the time well enough while you're there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 27, 2004
What finally prevents Danny Deckchair from floating away completely is Balsmeyer's seemingly sincere admiration for those Trudy dismisses as 'the little people,' rendered here with as much respect as eccentricity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Wolf
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 27, 2004
That it never comes close to crashing is testament to a trio of terrific performances.
| Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 27, 2004
Like its hero, the film has nary a mean-spirited bone. Only like Danny, it's a rather slight body.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 27, 2004
A splendid movie while its hero is preparing for his flight and actually experiencing it, but it's not nearly as interesting once he descends to earth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 27, 2004
What you might call conditional whimsy, predicated on the audience overlooking so many plot implausibilities that it might get tuckered out from all the charity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 27, 2004
A (literally) lighter-than-air story, full of goofs and creeps and fools and silliness, it manages to delight without simpering, make points without lecturing and break hearts and mend them again without turning you weepy.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
August 26, 2004
Despite the soaring novelty of Danny's getaway, and despite the unfailing, scruffy sweetness Ifans brings to every scene, writer-director Jeff Balsmeyer borrows too heavily from other films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 26, 2004
Danny's a nice enough guy and it's a nice enough movie, if your standards aren't too strict and your tastes not too elitist -- and you don't get overly miffed about huge gaping plot holes all over a movie.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
August 12, 2004
A soothing antidote to some of the summer's high-priced Hollywood clunkers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
August 12, 2004
Balsmeyer can't seem to make up his mind whether he's making a gentle romantic comedy with heartfelt trimmings, or a full-court Aussie farce.
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
August 11, 2004
Hail globalism: Sweet, dumb American movies can now be made anywhere in the world.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
August 11, 2004
What starts off as a spin on The Wizard of Oz turns into one of those Frank Capra-esque excursions into candy land populism with its windy homilies about 'nobodies' like Danny finding their inner 'somebodies.'
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 11, 2004
Balsmeyer's script never gets sharp enough -- particularly when it comes to the rather questionable character of Danny himself.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 11, 2004
Move over, Hugh Grant. There's competition in the Handsome British Charmer Department from -- of all people -- Rhys Ifans.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
August 11, 2004
As instantly gratifying and devoid of surprises as a Club Med vacation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 11, 2004
Only a trifle, but it has its charms, most of them residing in the low-key performances of Mr. Ifans and Ms. Otto, who make an attractive pair of shy soul mates.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
August 10, 2004
What Balsmeyer's movie lacks in third-act unpredictability it makes up for in storybook charm, uncommon graciousness to its characters, and pitch-perfect performances.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 10, 2004
The limp movie seems to be an attempt by an Australian to mimic a bad American romantic comedy, and, unfortunately, he succeeds admirably.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Erin Free
Hollywood Reporter
August 4, 2003
As well as capturing the elusive glow of magic realism, Balsmeyer also succeeds in drawing fine performances out of his cast.