Si algún mérito tiene González Iñárritu (además de la conducción de un buen elenco) es el de haber sido capaz de dar a una película menor y pretenciosa la forma de un cine supuestamente original e importante.
| Original Score: 2/5
Babel can be unnecessarily convoluted, ultimately though it's the stark simplicity of the dilemmas faced by each character that hits home, wherever that may be.
| Original Score: 3/5
If misery is your pornography, Babel is your holy grail.
For all its contrivances, Babel offers a gripping treatise on fate, chance and language with an epic sweep that leaves you marvelling at its ambition.
| Original Score: 4/5
Well structured, but rather cold.
The film takes its main characters, spreads them out all over the world, and subjects them to emotionally and physically tortuous situations. Think last year's Crash on a global scale.
The idea of the ripple effect of events has been handled by other movies that I somehow was hoping there would be something deeper or more meaningful in the message of Babel.
| Original Score: B-
When bad things happen to stupid people, are we supposed to care?
It may be too slow for some tastes, but Babel remains emotionally bruising but compulsive viewing.
The fact that someone was so inspired by our pathetic and pitiable inability to communicate with our fellow man to craft a film with that message and that message alone is noteworthy.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Babel is a well-intentioned -- and finely acted -- tower of power that might have worked better had its theme of universal communication difficulties been better integrated.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Feelbad experiences abound in modern morality play.
| Original Score: 0/4
Actions, reactions and consequences are the themes of Babel, an intense and gripping drama that explores the closely connected chain of humanity that links us inextricably to each other.
...once again Pitt has cast aside the exterior to bring out the character inside. A scene where he breaks down and sobs while talking to his son is heartbreaking.
Iñárritu not only tries to pull the heart strings with children weeping; there's also the completely gratuitous side story about Asian teens in short skirts sans panties.
An emotionally visceral and empathetic triumph.
Looking back, there are so many moments of beauty in Babel, mostly born of frustration and empathy with these characters. So why doesn't it connect?
| Original Score: 2.75/4
... Harrowing, compelling viewing.
Earnest to a fault and depressing beyond reason, the film is unrelenting in its attempts to wrap the world in a shroud of fatalism.
Babel is arresting thanks to the complexities of the storytelling and Inarritu's deft ability to massage the audience.
| Original Score: 4/4