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Babe Reviews

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
June 16, 2015
Much to my surprise, I found Babe charming in an eccentric, oddly tough-minded sort of way. And if it isn't quite good enough to change my mind about the entire critter-chat genre, it is certainly good enough to recommend.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 19, 2014
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.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
August 19, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
August 19, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 30, 2013
Babe is not, strictly speaking, a kid's movie. It is a preposterously funny fable that strikes a chord with adults, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Gary Dretzka
Chicago Tribune
July 30, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Doug Thomas
Seattle Times
July 30, 2013
A film that is exceptional in its technical effects and its graceful ability to entertain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
July 30, 2013
[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.
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Jack Kroll
Newsweek
May 13, 2008
It has a surprising charm.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 13, 2008
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 | Original Score: A
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 13, 2008
The characters (both animal and human) are solidly conceived, and the storytelling and visuals are expertly fashioned.
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Leonard Klady
Variety
May 13, 2008
A dazzling family entertainment with enormous charm that utilizes breathtaking technical innovation.
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Brian Case
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Charming, eccentric and very amusing.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
A lovely, intelligent gem of G-rated entertainment that is also rib-tickling funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
If only people would be more like these animals, the world, though hardly saner, would certainly be a lot more fun.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The underlying tricks are never allowed to upstage the story in all its humble sweetness.
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
A silk purse among children's entertainment.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
The movie, directed by Chris Noonan, who wrote the screenplay with George Miller, takes a child's-eye view of a world that is photographed to look like a storybook come to life.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A hilarious fantasy, about a plucky piglet that learns how to tend sheep, Babe is a barnyard charmer.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Babe is a movie made with charm and wit, and unlike some family movies it does not condescend, not for a second.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Through a mixture of imaginative storytelling, impressive animatronics, and irresistible cuteness, Babe casts a spell over all viewers -- young, old, or somewhere in between.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4