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The Air I Breathe Reviews

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
January 4, 2012
Pretentious in its tone, ambitious in its goals, and incompetent in its execution, The Air I Breathe is a polluted mess despite its good intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
June 12, 2008
As the plot strands begin to coalesce everything becomes far too overwrought.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
J.B. Mitchell
Orlando Weekly
February 28, 2008
The movie takes itself way too seriously, and it doesn't add up to much, but, nevertheless, it's borderline entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brandon Judell
New York Theatre Wire
February 11, 2008
Your appreciation of this circular plotting will have a great deal to do with how tongue-in-cheek you believe the film is
Marlow Stern
Manhattan Movie Magazine
February 3, 2008
Mr. Lee is a former director of Asian music videos, which explains why his debut feature, from the high-octane opening credits to the Marnie-esque ending, is all style and no substance.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
Geoff Berkshire
January 25, 2008
A perfectly awful example of a certain breed of American indie film that brings together a lot of familiar faces for an ensemble drama about...nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Campbell
January 25, 2008
None of the four morality plays ... are necessarily original in plot, nor is the film itself particularly innovative in its structure ... it just seems flat and useless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 25, 2008
Each story has its moments, but Air lacks an overarching vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide
January 25, 2008
Aside from demonstrating how liberation and change can occur even at the most dire turn of events, it's not exactly clear exactly what his overly ambitious drama is trying to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 25, 2008
Brendan Fraser is Pleasure, Sarah Michelle Gellar is Sorrow, Kevin Bacon is Love, Forest Whitaker is Happiness, and the director is Pretension.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
January 25, 2008
I can't fault any of the actors for anything other than bad judgment. Their performances are fine, but a good fortune cookie might have told them to stay away from this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
January 25, 2008
A stew of cheap irony, ponderous but meaningless allegory, violence and pretension, the movie is all borrowed style and calculated pandering. It does, however, get more ludicrous by the minute. So in that sense, it's good for an occasional laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Paul Brenner
January 24, 2008
not a nihilistic work of cinematic art, but a laugh-out-loud slapstick free-for-all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 24, 2008
Four unappealing mini-dramas about happiness, pleasure, sorrow, and love.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
January 24, 2008
Ah, January, hallowed dustbin for projects half-baked, too cooked, or both, as in the case of this overstuffed actioner.
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Gene Seymour
January 24, 2008
With any luck, The Air I Breathe should be the last gasp of the faux-Altmanesque school of serendipitous storytelling.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric Kohn
New York Press
January 23, 2008
It's particularly frustrating to watch Whittaker, the strongest thespian of the bunch, desperately mine for gold in a narrative landslide.
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
January 23, 2008
[Jieho] doesn't know what to do with actors, however, and the film's impressive ensemble is wasted.
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Ronnie Scheib
January 22, 2008
Morosely pretentious.
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
January 18, 2008
Ignore all of that foolishness and watch the collision of emotions The Air I Breathe provides -- it is enough all by itself to leave you breathless.
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