The White Balloon (Badkonake sefid) Reviews

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 27, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 22, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 22, 2002
In an era when ethnic hatred turns groups against each other, it is salutary to come across a film about universal qualities linking people from different cultures.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
By putting itself in sync with the rhythms of everyday life, it offers a reminder that the simplest forms of filmmaking can be the most satisfying.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Those with the patience to sit through all eighty-five minutes will uncover a sublime, unconventionally engrossing story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Panahi brings film back to its elemental magic.
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Andy Spletzer
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Raziah takes everything at face value, forcing us to look again at people and situations we would immediately judge as good or bad -- reason enough to see this film.
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
Without it ever being said, we get to meet and deeply appreciate some of the Iranian people who never make the news.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
The brilliance of the film, is in its simplicity.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Simple yet appealing movie from Iran's burgeoning film industry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Memorably simple, memorably resonant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Explores childhood on its own terms, with great respect and an unerring sense of truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
We need to fall in love with Razieh to see the film properly, and we do.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
Panahi has much the same kind of talent, a concern to make his film a kind of home for its characters, but he has not yet found [Kiarostami's] secret, how to find and hold the still point of the turning world.
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Keith Simanton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
There are LONG stretches of... well, real time.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
[Mohammadkhani] has no screen presence and more over was about as much fun to listen to as someone scraping their fingers down a blackboard.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Often this movie just feels like a walk in the park with a recalcitrant child. How much can you stand to watch?
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 27, 2008
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Michael Price
Senses of Cinema
August 20, 2002

Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
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