Babies Reviews

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
April 30, 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
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
April 30, 2011
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
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
April 17, 2011
Inaugura um novo gênero: o do "filme-awwwwww".
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
March 7, 2011
It won't make a dent in the box office and it can hardly be considered essential viewing, but it's serene, unpretentious, and boasts more than enough cute moments to justify its existence. Parents, I imagine, will love it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew Pulver
Guardian
March 3, 2011
A simple idea, but very nicely done by French documentarian Thomas Balmès.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
March 3, 2011
The intimate footage draws attention to the obvious contrasts between plenty and poverty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
March 2, 2011
Director Thomas Balmès has a hands-off and words-off style of direction. It's to be welcomed. We all know the sort of thing mums and dads say to babies, so subtitles would be extraneous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 3, 2011
The baby stars were given the go ahead to improvise every scene. The magic came in the editing suite (Raymond Bertrand, Craig McKay).
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 1, 2010
It has cute kids and cute animals, mothers and fathers interacting in interesting ways, and a demonstration of some cultural differences, too.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dan Lybarger
eFilmCritic.com
October 1, 2010
Because of the inherent adorability of the four stars of this French documentary, it's easy to forgive it for not delivering as much as it should.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5
Dan Lybarger
MovieMaker Magazine
October 1, 2010
Because of the inherent adorability of the four stars of this French documentary, it's easy to forgive it for not delivering as much as it should.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
May 11, 2010
A beautiful and entirely embraceable bit of cinema, and a welcome break from the pablum normally served up at theaters this time of year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matthew Sorrento
Bright Lights Film Journal
May 11, 2010
Babies is one of the most human fly-on-the-wall docs I've ever come across.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Janos Gereben
Entertainment Insiders
May 11, 2010
For the first part of the movie the cuteness of the babies is enough but after that the sameness of the film starts to sink in and the need for something else arises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
David Denby
New Yorker
May 10, 2010
The movie is pleasing -- who doesn't love gurgling babies? -- but as anodyne as a series of episodes from America's Funniest Home Videos.
Top Critic
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 10, 2010
Presents itself as an ethnographic meditation on the first year of life but is better approached as an "oooooh" and "awww" fest...
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
May 9, 2010
It's a movie without a plot; a documentary without narration. It's a wonder about small wonders. 'Babies' is about four cultures of the world and how they raise their babies %u2013 the differences, the similarities, and, ultimately, the happiness involved
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 8, 2010
...a kind of narrative tone poem that ultimately works as a mildly chiding critique of helicopter mothers and parents who worship at the cult of the sacred baby.
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
May 8, 2010
Infants on the big screen are usually exploited as blasts of cuteness, comic relief, or wisecracking, diaper-clad versions of grownups. Thus, Babies is a welcome relief.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
May 8, 2010
This observant, if simplistic, documentary makes pop human anthropology delightfully unpredictable, engaging and photogenic.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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