Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge (The Flight of the Red Balloon) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge (The Flight of the Red Balloon) Reviews

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August 15, 2011
Hou's slice of backstreet Paris is quiet, composed, almost serene in spite of itself.
July 6, 2010
Watching this was a waste of time.
Full Review | Original Score: F
August 26, 2009
A visitor's beatific evocation
December 7, 2008
La Tour de Paris charmingly through the fresh eyes of a Chinese film student updating Lamorisse's beloved film while she babysits the son of the lovely, harried Binoche.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
November 14, 2008
While Hou's cinematic techniques are as sound as ever, this time it feels as if they're being used to peer into nothing of particular, specific significance.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
October 18, 2008
As if playing a serenely refined game, Hou transforms constraint into freedom -- which feels more to the point than any plotbound interpretation.
October 18, 2008
Beautifully shot, but ultimately dull and plot-free drama that's both elusive and frustrating, despite a strong performance from Binoche.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 18, 2008
[A] sedate, ever-lovely looking film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 18, 2008
Binoche's energy, invention and concentration are phenomenal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 4, 2008
The question is whether it really makes sense to turn Lamorisse's fanciful original film into a downer family drama; it's sort of like doing a modern-day version of "Narnia" where the kids never find the wardrobe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 7, 2008
The movie is marvelously alert to whatever wonderment may appear within it. Which, for a patient, sympathetic audience, is much.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 2, 2008
A winsome homage to Albert Lamorisse's classic children's fantasy short film of 1956 The Red Balloon.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 11, 2008
There's no editing within a scene, no close-ups. No incidental music. Just life, or a pretty accurate simulation of life.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 23, 2008
Lamorisse's film was a third of this length, and was lighter than air. Hou's is about the weight of air itself on a muggy day, and whether that sustains over 113 minutes will be between each viewer and his attention span.
June 12, 2008
The slow-moving Red Balloon really doesn't stack up favorably with its obvious inspiration, the delightful 1956 short fantasy The Red Balloon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 8, 2008
In a film that feels so unstructured, these scenes reveal how much craft and structure actually go into Hou's films, how he endows his film with such meticulous layering of themes and ideas.
June 7, 2008
Delicately handled and handsomely made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 3, 2008
Even when [Hou is] working with simple ingredients, he brings along his masterful sense of space, timing, and everyday observation, which gives an actress like Binoche ample room to shine.
May 30, 2008
I fear many viewers may lose patience. But those who stay to the end of this delicate and beautiful film will be amply rewarded.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 29, 2008
It's all humdrum and low key without any redeeming compositional elegance or symmetry.
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