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

November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 18, 2008
Binoche's energy, invention and concentration are phenomenal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
May 16, 2008
The story of these people is certainly engaging. The conundrums of art and reality, of reflection and mirror images, presented by the movie are another matter - they seem at times gratuitous. But at least the movie does give us something to think about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 16, 2008
For all its fuss and fury, Flight of the Red Balloon succeeds magnificently, providing not only an artful homage to Lamorisse's Academy Award-winning short, but also a weightlessly floating tour of the French capital.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 2, 2008
More often than not, the red balloon appears as a silent, benevolent witness to ethereal moments that [director] Hou has taken great care to capture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
April 18, 2008
What Mr. Hou has done is borrow power and some gentle intimations of a state of grace from one of the most enchanting images in movie history.
April 18, 2008
Flight looks at the world the way a kid would, taking it all in and sifting for clues.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 18, 2008
Even in his most commercial effort, Hou [Hsiao-hsien] has set himself an impressively daunting artistic challenge.
April 17, 2008
A work of art on the order of a poem by Yeats or a painting by Rothko.
April 11, 2008
Hou Hsiao-hsien's first French-language film shows why the Taiwanese master is considered one of the world's great filmmakers.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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.
April 4, 2008
Fans of Hou know just what to expect from his slow, contemplative films - and they won't be disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 4, 2008
[Hou Hsiao-hsien] may well have created a future classic of his own
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 4, 2008
Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien knows how to cast a spell of loneliness.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 4, 2008
This is a transportive picture, the kind with the power to carry you outside of yourself; it is itself a flotation device.
April 3, 2008
The luscious red orb in Flight of the Red Balloon is as much a reminder of the precariousness of life as an emblem of innocence.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
April 3, 2008
Nothing much happens in The Flight Of The Red Balloon, and that's all by design: [director] Hou means to evoke a city and a few of the lonely characters within it, and he does so with consummate grace, affection, and a subtle touch of magic.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 2, 2008
A relatively slight but sturdy work by Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien, this slice of contemporary urban life more or less does for Paris what his Cafe Lumiere did for Tokyo, albeit with less minimalism and more overt emotion.
April 2, 2008
The great Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien expands on the bright, drifty loveliness of Albert Lamorisse's 1956 classic, The Red Balloon, in Flight of the Red Balloon.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 31, 2008
In The Flight of the Red Balloon, the great Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao Hsien uses Albert Lamorisse's 1956 masterpiece The Red Balloon as a springboard for his own masterpiece.
March 14, 2008
An exceptional piece of filmmaking, intricate, elaborate and exuding warmth and wisdom from its every frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/6
March 5, 2008
A magical must-see and a loving tribute to Albert Lamorrisse's 1956 children's classic The Red Balloon...
May 20, 2007
A work of tremendous precision and heartfelt emotion, made by one of the great artists in the medium.
May 18, 2007
This eloquent study of loneliness and postmodern drift likely will be received with more admiration than rapture by the helmer's followers.
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.