The Air I Breathe
The Air I Breathe (2008)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 25, 2008
DVD Release Date: May 6, 2008
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Critic Score: 12% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Air I Breathe is a jumbled indie production that accomplishes little save for the squandering of a talented cast.

Claudia Puig
USA Today

Each story has its moments, but Air lacks an overarching vision.

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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

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.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Brendan Fraser is Pleasure, Sarah Michelle Gellar is Sorrow, Kevin Bacon is Love, Forest Whitaker is Happiness, and the director is Pretension.

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

Ah, January, hallowed dustbin for projects half-baked, too cooked, or both, as in the case of this overstuffed actioner.

Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

As the plot strands begin to coalesce everything becomes far too overwrought.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

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.

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Gene Seymour

With any luck, The Air I Breathe should be the last gasp of the faux-Altmanesque school of serendipitous storytelling.

J.B. Mitchell
Orlando Weekly

The movie takes itself way too seriously, and it doesn't add up to much, but, nevertheless, it's borderline entertaining.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
Four stories revolving around a gangster come together. I have to quote Kyle Smith of the <i>New York Post</i>: "Brendan Fraser is Pleasure,… More
Jennifer D
Interesting... no, really. It was kinda of Crash-y but more violent. And I really liked the end. Wish that the Love (Kevin Bacon) story line had more oomph to… More
Sajin P A
Yet another done-to-death, serendipitous, connecting-the-dots kind of movie. Only reason I walked into this one is because of the names Kevin Bacon and Julie… More
familiar stranger
IMO, it's just another movie blending several stories into one film. Despite of blending of several stories & a bit non-linear timeline, it's… More
♥Robyn M♥
a strong cast and the lead characters all portray an emotion...... The four chapters are titled Happiness, Pleasure, Sorrow, and Love, each has a main… More
Cast: Kevin Bacon, Brendan Fraser, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Andy Garcia, Taylor Nichols, Forest Whitaker, Clark Gregg, Emile Hirsch, Julie Delpy, John Cho, Jason… More

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