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The Black Balloon


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

PG-13 In Theaters 12/5/2008 , 97min.
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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 scales of love and hate in sibling relationships, and the earned wit that helps families cope with difficult situations. Full Review
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
Funny and fierce and deeply moving. Full Review
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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 chaotic household. Full Review
Megan Lehmann
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 Australian indie The Black Balloon. Full Review
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
At its sharpest Elissa Down's feature directorial debut is guided by intense, rough-edged emotional swings that feel authentically alive, even when the script settles for tidiness. Full Review

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