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The Air I Breathe Reviews

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May 1, 2020
The story has no emotional heft or philosophical investment upon which to base its contortions. Instead, it is a gimmick looking for a purpose.
May 1, 2020
The final installment teeters close to camp, a sensibility that might have actually rescued Air. Instead, the film wallows in pop-psych platitudes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
May 1, 2020
Pretentious at best, risible for the rest of the time, this is most notable for Andy Garcia's staggeringly hammy cameo as the opera-loving moneylender Fingers.
April 30, 2020
Music-video director-turned-film-maker Jieho Lee imbues his feature debut with plenty of visual verve, yet can't make his stories individually distinctive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 30, 2020
Any ensemble piece divided into chapters such as Happiness, Pleasure and Sorrow is already flirting with pretentiousness but Jieho Lee's overblown feature embraces the concept wholeheartedly with clunky dialogue and po-faced solemnity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 30, 2020
No matter how ridiculous the plot twists that bring the characters into contact with one another and their individual destinies are, the contrivances are obvious a mile off. And the ending is laughable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 30, 2020
Even at 95 minutes it's a yawn-a-thon. Deep and meaningful? Stop and take a breath...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 30, 2020
This pompous, concept-driven debut from American director Jieho Lee is about as hollow and doom-harbouring as an empty coffin.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
April 30, 2020
The Air I Breathe is a poor addition to a cycle of movies in which a succession of people (played by well-known actors) is linked by coincidence or perverse destiny.
April 30, 2020
The correlations between each thread is well conceived if not totally contrived to benefit the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
April 30, 2020
An affected, overblown ensemble drama, this is far less profound than it would have you believe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 30, 2020
"The Air I Breathe" ultimately registers as a gangster movie with delusions of grandeur.
April 30, 2020
No subversive genius here, just a sad stab at Art.
April 30, 2020
A top-notch varied group of actors, no doubt attracted by the colorfulness of their roles, has been assembled, but their hardworking efforts are ultimately done in by the supremely pretentious nature of the material.
January 4, 2012
Pretentious in its tone, ambitious in its goals, and incompetent in its execution, The Air I Breathe is a polluted mess despite its good intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 7, 2011
Filmmaker-y posturing on the part of first-time writer-director Jieho Lee interferes with the clarity of his interwoven stories in The Air I Breathe.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
June 12, 2008
As the plot strands begin to coalesce everything becomes far too overwrought.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 28, 2008
The movie takes itself way too seriously, and it doesn't add up to much, but, nevertheless, it's borderline entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 11, 2008
Your appreciation of this circular plotting will have a great deal to do with how tongue-in-cheek you believe the film is
February 3, 2008
Mr. Lee is a former director of Asian music videos, which explains why his debut feature, from the high-octane opening credits to the Marnie-esque ending, is all style and no substance.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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