Flight of the Red Balloon Synopsis
A Chinese film student (Song Fang) takes care of a single woman's (Juliette Binoche) son.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
A gem made by a filmmaker who loves life, and knows how to capture its ebb and flow and sweet complication.
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100

Premiere

By Glenn Kenny
This is not a children's picture, although it touches on the imaginative powers and emotional resilience of children. It's another slice of...
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Juliette Binoche is outstanding as a wildly untogether single mother who parks her son with a French-speaking Chinese nanny while she...
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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...
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88

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Hou intends to celebrate the classic 1956 children's film "The Red Balloon," and he has done a beautiful job. In fact, he may well have...
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Stephen Cole
For all its fuss and fury, Flight of the Red Balloon succeeds magnificently.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The subject is the privileged state of childhood itself - how we're all lucky to have had it and how it so easily floats away from our...
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A meditation on art, life, loneliness and the links between friends and strangers, the movie has a grace and humor that's wonderfully...
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Fans of Hou know just what to expect from his slow, contemplative films - and they won't be disappointed.
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63

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Not surprisingly, we're left with characters that feel only half sketched and fail to resonate on their own -- but onto which much can be...
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Rated NR
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 12+ Beautifully shot art-house drama won't interest young kids.
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