Babies (2010)



Critic Consensus: Babies is a joyous celebration of humankind that's loaded with adorable images, but it lacks insight and depth.

Movie Info

Re-defining the nonfiction art form, Babies joyfully captures on film the earliest stages of the journey of humanity that are at once unique and universal to us all. The film simultaneously follows four babies around the world -- from birth to first steps. The children are, in order of on-screen introduction: Ponijao, who lives with her family near Opuwo, Namibia; Bayarjargal, who resides with his family in Mongolia, near Bayanchandmani; Mari, who lives with her family in Tokyo, Japan; and … More

Rating: PG (for cultural and maternal nudity throughout)
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Thomas Balmès
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 28, 2010
Box Office: $6.0M
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Critic Reviews for Babies

All Critics (109) | Top Critics (34)

Hopefully next time Balmes makes a documentary, he'll have more of a purpose in mind, because without it, he's simply not giving his audience any reason to care.

Full Review… | October 1, 2012

If not falling head over heels for a film that is literally just 80 minutes of cute babies makes me a grump, so be it.

Full Review… | April 8, 2012

On a scale of one to a hundred (one featuring no babies at all, and a hundred featuring all the babies in all of existence) this film could still only be classified as 'babies'.

Full Review… | May 2, 2011

We realise this is humanity at its most homogenous; we begin to go separate ways only when our surrounding culture shoves us into its own strictures

Full Review… | April 30, 2011
Urban Cinefile

With deft editing, we journey back and forth sharing the first 12 months with each child. What impact does the environment have on each baby? That is the intriguing question and as we observe and decide for ourselves

Full Review… | April 30, 2011
Urban Cinefile

Inaugura um novo gênero: o do "filme-awwwwww".

Full Review… | April 17, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Babies



michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

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Good documentary! The film, stands on its own as a joyous celebration of the first year of life for four youngsters in different parts of the world. Filmed without narration, subtitles, or any comprehensible dialogue, Babies is a direct encounter with four babies who stumble their predictable ways to participating in the awesome beauty of life.Needless to say, their experience of the first year of life is vastly different, yet what stands out is not how much is different but how much is universal as each in their own way attempts to conquer their physical environment.Though the language is different as well as the environment, the babies cry the same, laugh the same, and try to learn the frustrating, yet satisfying art of crawling, then walking in the same way.You will either find Babies entrancing or slow moving depending on your attitude towards babies because frankly that's all there is, yet for all it will be an immediate experience far removed from the world of cell phones and texting, exploring up close and personal the mystery of life as the individual personality of each child begins to emerge. This documentary is not for everyone, I work with kids in these ages so I loved it.

Everybody loves...'Babies'. This visually stunning new movie simultaneously follows four babies around the world - from first breath to first steps. From Mongolia to Namibia to San Francisco to Tokyo, 'Babies' joyfully captures on film the earliest stages of the journey of humanity that are at once unique and universal to us all.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

When a sequel comes out I like to go back and watch the previous movies to refresh my memory so I don't miss anything. Well, in June we're having our first child, and what better way to get ready than to watch a documentary called "Babies." This is probably the cutest movie you will ever see. No narration, just four different babies, from different cultures, from birth to year one. Like the babies themselves, the movie is short and very sweet. There are some moments where the babies expressions make you want to cry, and moments where you will almost cry from laughing so hard. There's even some moments, where as Emily would say, "What in the world?" This is a very touching, cute movie, that I think almost everyone will enjoy.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

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