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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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
Hou's slice of backstreet Paris is quiet, composed, almost serene in spite of itself.
Fernando F. Croce
August 26, 2009
A visitor's beatific evocation
Nora Lee Mandel
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
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
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
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
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.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: A
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
October 18, 2008
[A] sedate, ever-lovely looking film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 18, 2008
Binoche's energy, invention and concentration are phenomenal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Stephen Schaefer
Boston Herald
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B+

National Post
October 18, 2008
| Original Score: 4/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Beth Accomando
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.
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
June 7, 2008
Delicately handled and handsomely made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
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.
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