The Air I Breathe
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Four stories, representing the emotional principles of love, pleasure, sorrow, and happiness, come together in this episodic drama from first-time director Jieho Lee. A powerful crime boss, Fingers (Andy Garcia), subtly controls the destinies of four people whose circumstances have brought them to a crossroads in their lives. A quiet business executive (Forest Whitaker) is told that an upcoming horse race has been rigged and bets everything he has on his belief that the story is true. A noted pop singer (Sarah Michelle Gellar) discovers her career is hanging in the balance when she's… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 12%

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"Each story has its moments, but Air lacks an overarching vision."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"A stew of cheap irony, ponderous but meaningless allegory, violence and pretension, the movie is all borrowed style and calculated pandering. It does, however, get more ludicrous by the minute. So in that sense, it's good for an occasional laugh."
‑ Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Your appreciation of this circular plotting will have a great deal to do with how tongue-in-cheek you believe the film is"
‑ Brandon Judell, New York Theatre Wire
"None of the four morality plays ... are necessarily original in plot, nor is the film itself particularly innovative in its structure ... it just seems flat and useless."
‑ Christopher Campbell, Cinematical
"Brendan Fraser is Pleasure, Sarah Michelle Gellar is Sorrow, Kevin Bacon is Love, Forest Whitaker is Happiness, and the director is Pretension."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Ah, January, hallowed dustbin for projects half-baked, too cooked, or both, as in the case of this overstuffed actioner."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"As the plot strands begin to coalesce everything becomes far too overwrought."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"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."
‑ Marlow Stern, Manhattan Movie Magazine
"Aside from demonstrating how liberation and change can occur even at the most dire turn of events, it's not exactly clear exactly what his overly ambitious drama is trying to say."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"I can't fault any of the actors for anything other than bad judgment. Their performances are fine, but a good fortune cookie might have told them to stay away from this."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"With any luck, The Air I Breathe should be the last gasp of the faux-Altmanesque school of serendipitous storytelling."
‑ Gene Seymour, Newsday
"The movie takes itself way too seriously, and it doesn't add up to much, but, nevertheless, it's borderline entertaining."
‑ J.B. Mitchell, Orlando Weekly
"A perfectly awful example of a certain breed of American indie film that brings together a lot of familiar faces for an ensemble drama about...nothing."
‑ Geoff Berkshire, Metromix.com
"not a nihilistic work of cinematic art, but a laugh-out-loud slapstick free-for-all."
‑ Paul Brenner, Filmcritic.com
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