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Ballast Review

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5.0

Dave White Profile

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0
    84

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Universal acclaim
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    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Ballast inexorably grows and deepens and gathers power and absorbs us. I always say I hardly ever cry at sad films, but I sometimes do, just a little, at films about good people.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Ballast strikes me as one of the few American pictures of 2008 to say what it wants to say, visually and narratively, about a specific situation and part of the country, in a way that transcends regional specifics.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    This ostensibly simple film evokes whole lives in 96 minutes, and does so with sparse dialogue.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Working with non-pro actors, Hammer pulls authentic performances from the trio that are at times almost too painful to witness.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The final shot, of the three characters now united, may be the quietest affirmation of life I've ever seen in a movie, and one of the truest.

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