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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Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
May 29, 2008
It's all humdrum and low key without any redeeming compositional elegance or symmetry.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 4, 2008
This Red Balloon is gorgeously photographed, and finely acted; like the first film, it gives its plaything a real, solid dimensionality. But despite its title, it never really soars.
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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.
March 14, 2008
An odd tale of life on the winding streets of Paris, The Flight Of The Red Balloon isn't without its moments of beauty, but its vague story and aimless tone is more likely to frustrate than enchant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 4, 2008
...one of the most monumentally boring films I've ever forced myself to sit through.
Anna Smith
BBC.com
March 14, 2008
French drama The Flight Of The Red Balloon has been praised at film festivals, but it's likely to divide audiences less tolerant of arthouse minimalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
April 3, 2008
Some will read something deeper here, while others will find sweet caprice...but nothing would have been lost if the balloon had fallen to a cutting room floor.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
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
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
March 27, 2008
For special tastes: for others, the film is static, punctuating the harried life of a mother who frankly does not have much reason to be frazzled.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
May 22, 2008
Many will become irritated and bored; watching eggs being cracked for pancakes could be riveting to watch, but not here.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
July 6, 2010
Watching this was a waste of time.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
May 18, 2007
The imagery of the classic movie, where a spirited red balloon wafts unpredictably over Paris, never even attempts to reach a metaphorical height, nor does it even engage us compositionally.
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
January 24, 2008
For the first time, the great Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien (Three Times, Café Lumiere) has made a movie set outside of Asia. The project, alas, is of little interest.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
March 14, 2008
Too contrived and self-reflexive for my tastes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Armond White
New York Press
April 2, 2008
Like Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys (a two-hour adaptation of Chris Marker's 28-minute La Jetée), Hou's Lamorisse remake lasts longer than the original -- but says less.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
April 2, 2008
The best of Hou's films are quiet accumulations of hints and nuances that reward the patient viewer with an emotionally rich conclusion. Not so here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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
Eric Henderson
When Canses Were Classeled
May 23, 2008
Miraculously avoids leaden 'significance' in favor of a sagacious lived-in-ness.
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
May 17, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 18, 2008
Plenty of well-meaning filmmakers advertise emotion without contextualizing it. Hou's latest film feels to me like a masterpiece responding intuitively to a masterpiece.
| Original Score: 4/4
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