The Black Balloon Synopsis
Thomas struggles with having an autistic older brother.
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Los Angeles Times

For the most part, this unblinking family drama packs a visceral punch. Thomas' journey toward acceptance is blessedly free of noble...
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Austin Chronicle

By Kimberley Jones
Funny and fierce and deeply moving.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
It's compassionate but unblinking.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Doesn't sugarcoat the difficulties faced by this family, but this small gem has a very satisfying ending.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Luke Ford's performance as Charlie is a convincing tour de force. You may recall him as Brendan Fraser's heroic son in "The Mummy: Tomb of...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
At its sharpest Elissa Down's feature directorial debut is guided by intense, rough-edged emotional swings that feel authentically alive,...
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Village Voice

Within its resolutely mainstream parameters, The Black Balloon courses with a firsthand feel for languorous Aussie summers, the shifting...
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The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
Ms. Collette’s Maggie is the film's prime mover. This wonderful Australian actress, who hasn't a shred of vanity, virtually disappears into...
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The Hollywood Reporter

Much has been made of supermodel Gemma Ward's doll-like features, but there's nothing plastic about her debut performance in the charming...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Toni Collette gives it the old "Little Miss Sunshine" try in The Black Balloon as an edge-of-kooky, very pregnant mama presiding over a...
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Go see this movie...

Based on the description many people will skip this movie. PLEASE DON'T MISS THIS ONE. The story is engaging, complex and at times uncomfortable, but the acting is outstanding. It is a great...

Movie that touch's the Heart

By cynthialev4
The Black Balloon takes your emotions on the ride of your life. The cast is great, I recognized the mom, Toni Collette from little miss sunshine. This film hasn't received a lot of press but it was...


Wow, this is a no holds barred in your face reality check of what it is REALLY like to live with a child in a man's body. The film depicts this sad situation in such a endearing way that you feel...

Gemma Ward is smooth

By cece_goldfield
Gemma, Luke, and Rhys capture a good portion of screen time on this film about a family dealing with the up and down emotions attached to families and kids with autism. Go see this Australian gem of...

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Rated PG-13 | For some sexual content, a scene of violence and brief strong language