"A rock-ribbed sense of committed personal cinema and a core belief in people being able to pull themselves out of misery supports Ballast, an extraordinary debut by editor-writer-director Lance Hammer.
"Hammer quickly establishes himself with the only film he's ever made as a humanist artist...
"...is certain to command high respect as a film that operates by its principles [sic; there's no antecedent to that pronoun in the preceding unquoted text] and engages audiences' best human responses.
"Praising this well-intentioned mediocrity, with its mannered silences, omnipresent shakycam and artlessly inexpressive performances, makes me feel good about myself."
-- Robert Koehler, Variety
(You have to kinda squint to see the last one.)