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The Red Balloon (Le Ballon Rouge) Reviews

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Top Critic
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
Emanuel Levy
July 17, 2011
Lamorisse's lyrical tale, largeky told through imagery, holds up extremely well, and it's still the only short feature to ever win a major Oscar (original screenplay).
Full Review | Original Score: A
Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Imaginative story told entirely through visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
May 5, 2009
For those of us who don't have childhood memories driving our analysis, it's a passable kids movie that could be so much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 59/100
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 8, 2008
Paul Schrodt
Slant Magazine
April 26, 2008
The story of a boy and his toy, The Red Balloon is widely praised for its narrative and visual "purity," but not enough is said about the movie's delightful manipulation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Cornelius
April 23, 2008
The key to its lasting endurance is in its simplicity.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Don Willmott
April 9, 2008
if you missed it as a child, now is the time to make sure you seek it out and watch it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
December 24, 2007
It's the perfect little movie.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 15, 2007
A cinematic landmark . . . Lamorisse's film floats off, with the breeze of magic-realism, into a feeling of escape and peace.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 13, 2007
A beautiful little meditation on childhood, on imagination literally taking flight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
December 7, 2007
These are two unique and unforgettable family films -- one an essential part of world cinema, the other an underseen gem -- that a new generation deserves the chance to get acquainted with
Full Review| Original Score: 4/4
Beverly Berning
November 28, 2007
... one of the best loved films in cinema history.
Douglas Pratt
November 19, 2007
The results made exciting, memorable cinema, but could just as easily have turned into disaster. There seems to be no escaping the darker side of innocence.
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Kate Fuscoe
Time Out
November 19, 2007
As enjoyable for adults who wistfully view scenes of post-war France in all its black and white chicness, as it is for kids.

November 19, 2007
Lamorisse has a unique talent for crawling under the skins of little people.

TV Guide
November 19, 2007
One of the best-loved and least-sentimental children's films of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
November 19, 2007
An utterly charming little story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Jardine
July 13, 2012
The absence of one key scene near the film's end renders the entire thing pablum.
Full Review | Original Score: 68/100
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