Flight of the Red Balloon

User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 48
  2. Negative: 16 out of 48

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User Reviews

  1. ChrisK.
    Apr 4, 2008
    9
    A remarkably observed film. Confirmed for me that Hou is one of the most gifted and important directors of our time. If you're a fan of Hou's work (especially Cafe Lumiere) you will probably love it.
  2. GhostDog
    Apr 5, 2008
    10
    Work of genius. One of the highlights of 2007 and maybe the best of all Hou´s movies. Deliciously framed, superbly acted and deeply moving. The most important things will never be for everyone.
  3. ChrisE
    Jun 14, 2008
    9
    Amazingly beautiful in its portrayal of the beauty hidden under the surface of life. Slow and meditative, but that's how life can be, and there's so much grace to its construction and performances that it draws you right in.
  4. KenDo.
    Jul 28, 2008
    9
    Films paced like this are not everyone's cup of tea, but this movie has a damned good reason
  5. MichaelH.
    Jul 5, 2008
    9
    This can easily be missed for what it is, a reflection on a child caught in the world of adults messily trying to get by. Some time frame inversions and trying to read too much into everything will help you miss a lot here. Take it for what it is...a peek at life.
  6. RG
    Oct 26, 2008
    10
    This is one of the most beautiful films of this year - the juxtaposition of the balloon on hovering over Paris with the the scenes of an extended family (suzanne, simon and song) floating through the cluttered Parisian apartment space is feast of casual beauty. Hou's approach lies in the simplicity of form - colors and framing and belief in his actors and image. there is plenty of This is one of the most beautiful films of this year - the juxtaposition of the balloon on hovering over Paris with the the scenes of an extended family (suzanne, simon and song) floating through the cluttered Parisian apartment space is feast of casual beauty. Hou's approach lies in the simplicity of form - colors and framing and belief in his actors and image. there is plenty of real life drama here but nothing that is in your face (no close ups). hou's is def one the best directors out there in complete control of his images and sounds. Expand
  7. RalfioN.
    Jun 29, 2008
    9
    That's a great movie for anyone who wants to become more attuned to the world we live in for almost two hours. Can't believe all the commentors and I saw the same film. It flew by.

Awards & Rankings

Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 90
    It's both happy and sad. That's exactly the way to describe Hou's marvelous film as well.
  2. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    80
    This eloquent study of loneliness and postmodern drift likely will be received with more admiration than rapture by the helmer's followers. But Juliette Binoche's turn as a harried single mom and pic's enlivening portrait of domestic rupture make this a highly accessible Hou.
  3. There's not much story here, but the characters are substantial: a single mother (nicely played by Juliette Binoche) who runs a local avant-garde puppet theater and is preoccupied with such matters as a downstairs tenant who refuses to pay rent or leave, her neglected but mainly cheerful son, and his Taiwanese nanny, a filmmaker in her spare time.