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The Balloonatic

The Balloonatic

1923
Romance
Comedy
Short Film
22m
Buster and Phyllis endure a number of outdoor adventures trying to prove to each other their survival skills. The balloon which lands Buster in the wilderness proves useful later on as their canoe is about go over a waterfall. (imdb)
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The Balloonatic

1923
Romance
Comedy
Short Film
22m
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Rated 08 Feb 2009
72
32nd
The first 5 minutes at the carnival are really funny, the rest is merely ok.
Rated 13 Oct 2011
78
66th
it's a fairly enjoyable short with a few memorable gags and one or two of those touching moments that make that great stoneface persona of keaton's such a lasting one. keaton's put out better shorts, but this one is a must for any fan.
Rated 07 Feb 2015
100
98th
My favorite Keaton. The end is so joyful that it makes up for any disjointedness in some of the other gags.
Rated 08 Oct 2017
68
33rd
One of Keaton's weaker shorts still has some amusing moments (mostly during the carnival opening) and the abrupt switch to the nature setting half way through feels forced. Still enough vintage Keaton moments to be worth a look.
Rated 12 Apr 2013
71
49th
Disjointed and certainly not one of Keaton's better works, but some of the gags are absolutely wonderful.
Rated 10 Nov 2007
80
68th
Most of Buster's movies are boring but this one has a good sight gag at the end
Rated 05 Apr 2012
50
34th
So much of his stuff seems random and pointless before getting down to some sort of story, if ever. Good for Buster Keaton fans, but most people won't miss much by passing up on this one.
Rated 19 Jan 2011
3
38th
Keaton battles nature. Not that great, but it's still got a handful of very good gags (loved Keaton bashing the bear on the head with the butt of his gun and inadvertently shooting another one in the face through his legs) and it's pleasant enough. Hard not to enjoy a Keaton two-reeler at least somewhat.
Rated 16 May 2015
65
83rd
One of those Keaton shorts where it feels like he's just cramming in a bunch of quick gag ideas on different themes that he didn't want to build a whole reel or two around. As is often the case in his lesser shorts, the best moment is the very end; I guess he saw the value in going out on a high note.
Rated 18 Jan 2011
2
21st
Eh, it has a few moments, particularly the ending, but otherwise this Keaton short just barely gets by.
Rated 11 Mar 2019
78
90th
Full of random gags most of which were great.
Rated 13 May 2020
3
36th
the setup is laborious and nonsensical at times but it's all worth it for that unexpectedly romantic expressionist payoff.
Rated 23 Jan 2023
72
48th
O aeronauta estreava há 100 anos nos EUA. O que falta de Keaton no seu melhor, sobra na Haver. Box OP Buster Keaton.
Rated 02 Apr 2023
60
35th
Clearly a setup for "whatever floats your boat." Hooray for no police chases! Like the rest of these shorts, there are some great moments (the bears) and some that didn't really work (the bull).

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