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Not Rated In Theaters 10/1/2008 , 96min.
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Critic score based on 24 reviews

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December 28, 2008
This is a beautiul moving film. It is nice to see a film with African American characters who though troubled are not to be pitied nor are they stereotypical caricatures. The acting is real and the setting is wonderfully filmed.

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Washington Post
Ballast, though, is less than completely satisfying in a dramatic sense. Events that seem to be important are dropped and left unresolved. Conflicts from the past are mentioned but never explained, as if key scenes were missing. Given that disinterest in conventional narrative techniques, the abrupt ending may be appropriate, but it feels wrong and arbitrary. Full Review
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
This ostensibly simple film evokes whole lives in 96 minutes, and does so with sparse dialogue. Full Review
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
A quintessentially American story that unmistakably echoes European art house cinema, combining the aesthetic purity of France's Robert Bresson with the social consciousness of Belgium's Dardenne brothers. It also is a powerful, character-driven melodrama that easily holds our attention from first to last. Full Review
Kirk Honeycutt
The Hollywood Reporter
Working with non-pro actors, Hammer pulls authentic performances from the trio that are at times almost too painful to witness. Full Review
Manohla Dargis
The New York Times
Shot with a sure hand and a cast of unknowns, the film doesn't so much tell a story as develop a tone and root around a place that, despite the intimate camerawork, remains shrouded in ambiguity. Full Review

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