• Babe
    2 minutes 6 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Babe Reviews

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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He's brave and bright, good-natured and ambitious, naive and vulnerable. All in all, he's probably the most winsome orphan to appear on the screen since Freddie Bartholomew impersonated David Copperfield 60 years ago.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 19, 2014
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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Thanks to well-trained live animals, clever voice characterizations and a big dash of muppetry from Henson's Creature Shop, Babe and his barnyard friends not only walk the walk and trot the trot, they also talk the talk.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 19, 2014
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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Here's the summer's sleeper for kids and their parents, a terrific picture that takes a lot of risks and makes them all pay off in a charming story about a pig who fancies himself a sheepdog -- or sheep-pig.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 19, 2014
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Babe is not, strictly speaking, a kid's movie. It is a preposterously funny fable that strikes a chord with adults, too.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 4/4

July 30, 2013
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

The hero of the children's movie Babe is probably the summer's most likable character -- a pig so appealing he may have your family swearing off hot dogs.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: 4/4

July 30, 2013
Gary Dretzka
Chicago Tribune
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For children, the movie will play like a storybook come to life. Adults, at first, will marvel at the special effects and puppetry. But ultimately, they'll be won over by the nuances of a story that finds a fresh way to deliver a timeless message.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 30, 2013
Doug Thomas
Seattle Times
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A film that is exceptional in its technical effects and its graceful ability to entertain.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 4/4

July 30, 2013
Tom Gliatto
People Magazine

The plot provides a worthy lesson for kids, but it plays out like George Orwell's Animal Farm as retold by Barney. Kinda weird.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

July 30, 2013
John Ferguson
Radio Times

It's a delight from start to finish that will captivate children and melt the heart of even the grumpiest adult.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 30, 2013
Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
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[It's] a comedy of animal manners that is much funnier and much cannier than any recent movie about human relationships: a lovely, stubbornly idiosyncratic fable of aspiration and survival.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

July 30, 2013
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

The movie is at times raucous, but its spirits couldn't be higher, and the tale teaches a good-natured lesson about why cooperation is better than coercion.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 3/4

July 30, 2013
M. Faust
Common Sense Media

Heartwarming farm story touching and a bit scary.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

January 2, 2011
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Every movie for children should be made with this much care, expressing this much unparalleled richness and beauty

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 10/10

August 4, 2010
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

This reviewer for one, hasn't been able to face a pork chop in the months since, and is still laughing at the vibrant joyousness of this delicious comic fable.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

May 13, 2008


It's enough to turn you vegetarian.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 13, 2008
Jack Kroll
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It has a surprising charm.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

May 13, 2008
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Australian director Chris Noonan and producer George Miller show what real talent and imagination can do, even without big-name humans as costars.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

May 13, 2008
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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The characters (both animal and human) are solidly conceived, and the storytelling and visuals are expertly fashioned.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 13, 2008
Jay Hardwig
Austin Chronicle

Babe provides a stunning revisionist take on barnyard politics, and may change the whole way we view pigs politically.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle

May 13, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

This Australian-made movie has a darker edge than most American kiddie films, but a perfectly contrived happy ending should soothe juvenile sensibilities. Adults, meanwhile, may find themselves enthralled.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 13, 2008
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