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Babel (2006)

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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 195
Fresh: 135 | Rotten: 60

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.

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 49
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 17

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.

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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

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Guillermo Arriaga Jordan

Feb 20, 2007

$34.2M

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All Critics (203) | Top Critics (53) | Fresh (135) | Rotten (60) | DVD (34)

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

February 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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If misery is your pornography, Babel is your holy grail.

January 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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It's a great film made with style and heart and hope, a cautionary parable and an almost certain Oscar contender.

November 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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The experience of watching Babel is undeniably riveting: Even if the film doesn't really lead anywhere, you still can't take your eyes off it.

November 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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[Iñárritu] remains as entranced as ever by fate, loss and the interconnectedness of humankind, and I admire him for it. But Babel isn't the last or best word on that subject. It's just a lot of talk.

November 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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True to its title, Babel hinges on missed and faulty communications of both the personal and the cultural variety. It's a sweeping movie about characters who often suffer from tunnel vision.

November 10, 2006
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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.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
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The gimmick-machinery whirrs, but the human beings in it can't breath

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion | Comment (1)
CinePassion

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

June 30, 2009 Full Review Source: JWR

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

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Babel...belongs to an unfortunately proliferating genre that might be called the higher kitsch.

June 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Style Weekly (Richmond, VA) | Comments (4)

...language acts more as a means to distance and isolate us than aid in our understanding of one another.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com
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A lumbering, stitched-together mess.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comments (6)
eFilmCritic.com

Babel directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is one of the most compelling films to date.

July 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Magazine International
Movie Magazine International

an affecting examination of disconnected lives in an interconnected world.

July 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Smart, interesting to look at, and courageous, this is one of the best films of 2006.

May 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

There is some hope, in Iñárritu's world, each of the characters may have a family and love, but this is shown to be, at best, a diversion against the real world, which is a much more intolerable, incomprehensive place.

March 27, 2007 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
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The kind of film that will echo deep in your soul.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: UGO

Alejandro González Iñárritu and screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga cap off the trilogy of films that began with "Amores Perros" and "21 Grams" with a rich and engrossing drama.

February 19, 2007 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

A better title for this film would have been "Murphy's Law," as Inarritu has a relentless grip on the banality of its tenets.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Reeler

Rubbish so pretentious it would make the folks behind Crash begin to blush.

January 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Juicy Cerebellum
Juicy Cerebellum

Babel es más que eso, es contradicción y antítesis, es la obra cumbre y gloriosa de un visionario en un retrato triste y dramático de nuestro mundo.

January 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinenganos
Cinenganos

An impressive, beautifully acted work with a tragic sense of life. The formality of its structure controls a seething anger.

January 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Well acted and handsomely photographed, but still extraordinarily overpraised and overblown, a middlebrow piece of near-nonsense: the kind of self-conscious arthouse cinema that is custom-tailored and machine-tooled for the dinner-party demographic.

January 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian | Comment (1)
Guardian

Acaba trazendo [seu diretor e seu roteirista] em um caminho que já percorreram duas vezes %u2013 só que, aqui, eles o fazem de maneira bem mais esquemática, melodramática e, conseqüentemente, menos interessante.

January 19, 2007
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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.
March 31, 2013
danperry17

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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.
January 14, 2013
ApeneckFletcher

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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!
May 26, 2012
romy861

Super Reviewer

Well I started to watch this and at once thought...'oh no what have I done!?, this looks lame', 'I spent how much on this apparent dubbed movie' *weep*

It then progressed with the individual stories, each one being a little more intriguing by the minute, until all of a sudden your hooked and really thinking, what's gonna happen here? why? how will it end? how do they connect?

The stories are very simple everyday (almost) things that you could relate to (here and there). To be honest I thought it was gonna be boring and I only went because Pitt is a big name and I was enticed by that (the shame), but the movie is really good, really gets you. I wasn't emotionally upset about it but you just wanna see how the story unfolds, it really sucks you in well.

The weakest link was the story set in Japan in my opinion, they all link but this section was a little dull compared to the others.
I was really surprised with this, not usually my thing but it was good. Pitt was also good and not in an ego trip kinda way, very grounded.
May 14, 2012
phubbs1

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    1. Richard: What about you? How many wives do you have?
    2. Anwar: I can only afford one.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Yussef: I killed the American, I was the only one who shot at you. They did nothing... nothing. Kill me, but save my brother, he did nothing... nothing. Save my brother... he did nothing.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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