Babel (2006)



Critic Consensus: In Babel, there are no villains, only victims of fate and circumstance. Director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu weaves four of their woeful stories into this mature and multidimensional film.

Movie Info

The tragic aftermath of human carelessness travels around the world in this multi-narrative drama from filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu. Richard (Brad Pitt) and Susan (Cate Blanchett) are a couple from the United States who have traveled to Morocco in Northern Africa on a vacation after the death of one of their children has sent Susan into a deep depression. Richard and Susan's other two children have been left in the care of Amelia (Adriana Barraza), their housekeeper. Amelia is … More

Rating: R (for violence, some graphic nudity, sexual conent, language and some drug use)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Guillermo Arriaga Jordan, Guillermo Arriaga
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 20, 2007
Box Office: $34.2M
Paramount Classics - Official Site


as Richard

as Chieko

as Yasujiro

as Officer at Border Cr...

as John Border Patrol

as Waiter Casbah

as Bus Driver

as Anwar's Grandmother

as Doctor/Vet

as Moukadem

as Store Owner

as Ken Clifford

as Moroccan Doctor

as Hassan's Wife

as Comadre

as Patricia's Mother

as Jacinto
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Critic Reviews for Babel

All Critics (203) | Top Critics (53)

Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest sprawling, dispersed art-film blockbuster prompts a question: Does he just not know how to tell a story?

Full Review… | February 3, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

If misery is your pornography, Babel is your holy grail.

Full Review… | January 16, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Babel is a beautifully depressing film about responsibility, redemption, and ultimately that there are consequences to people's actions, regardless of who they are and where they live.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

The gimmick-machinery whirrs, but the human beings in it can't breath

Full Review… | August 28, 2009

Director Alejandro González Iñárritu and writer Guillermo Arriaga have fashioned their ideas with conviction and obvious care.

Full Review… | June 30, 2009

An ensemble cast, low-key drama, and tolerable political commentary make "Babel" a gripping success.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for Babel


There have been many imitators since, and this is hardly the first in its style - the We-Are-All-Connected-After-All Movie - but I particularly liked Babel because for much of it, Inarritu lets the camera and the soundtrack do the talking. The result is an almost dream-like two-plus hours with countless unforgettable scenes, and even when "nothing" is really happening, you still can't take your eyes off it, Masterful film-making.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

High concept, multiple storylines, international cast, and pretty damn good cinematography ... what could go wrong in this heavy handed "message" movie pretty much about the butterfly effect only taken to human perameters? Oh dammit, I've already said it! It never for a second lets go of the idea that they, the fiimmakers, are bringing "truth" to you. Oh really. It does grapple well though with the otherness Americans feel amongst the unwashed foreign contingents.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

This is one we have had lying around the house since it came out. (husband bought the DVD but never got around to watching it). Actually got a shock when i put it on and realized the little girl was Elle Fanning, who certainly doesn't look that young these days! (I guess that means we have had this movie for 6 years!). The only reason I bothered now is I recently saw Mammoth, which was unfavorably compared to this.
Well this was certainly better. It follows 3 stories which are all linked in some way. All also have some type of tragedy. The Japanese story did not seem to link in as well as the others with only a very slight connection, but I still really liked it.
The Morrocan story is good as well, though I have to say it wouldn't be my idea of a relaxing place to go and work on a strained marriage. I did end up feeling sorry for the parents of the two boys, and the other family who got abused over "owning" the gun.
Probably the most relatable story was of Amelia the Mexican nanny. I really did feel sorry for her.
This is very nicely filmed and cast are all great (though I still can't stand Brad Pitt - one of the things putting me off watching, I think).
If I had one complaint, it is that it drags on quite a bit at the end. I think the last half hour could have been trimmed a bit, which would have given all the endings a bit more impact. Overall a good film, but certainly not a feel-good movie, be warned!

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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