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The Red Balloon


Albert Lamorisse

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About the Movie

Newly restored, Albert Lamorisse’s exquisite "The Red Balloon" remains one of the most beloved children’s films of all time. In this deceptively simple, nearly wordless tale, a young boy discovers a stray balloon, which seems to have a mind of its own, on the streets of Paris. The two become inseparable, yet the world’s harsh realities finally interfere. With its glorious palette and allegorical purity, the Academy Award–winning The Red Balloon has enchanted movie lovers, young and old, for generations.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 20
  • Fresh: 19
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 8.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: An utterly charming little story. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A beautiful little meditation on childhood, on imagination literally taking flight. – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The story of a boy and his toy, The Red Balloon is widely praised for its narrative and visual "purity," but not enough is said about the movie's delightful manipulation. – Paul Schrodt, Slant Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: As enjoyable for adults who wistfully view scenes of post-war France in all its black and white chicness, as it is for kids. – Kate Fuscoe, Time Out, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Classic Movie for all ages.

Simple story of a boy and his balloon. Fun, sweet, sad, triumphant. This is one of the first memories of film I can remember, and my 4 year old loves it. This movie captures the imagination of all ages.


This movie is an absolute joy to watch. No matter what age you are or what language you speak, this movie will transport you to a simpler time. The musical score is beautiful and the visuals are stunning. I have purchased this movie for many of my friends and family. Don't let the age fool you, it's as timely today as it was in the 50's. Buy it you won't be sorry.

memories :

ive been looking for this movie for 12 years..first saw it when i was in 1st in college now....this is such an Amazzzing movie..great story for kids and adults and everything in between

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