Babel Reviews

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Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
November 30, 2006
Babel is arresting thanks to the complexities of the storytelling and Inarritu's deft ability to massage the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
November 29, 2006
This is a moving but very downbeat film. The stories do not add up to much other than to say that bad things happen.
| Original Score: 6/10
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
November 25, 2006
Babel is the kind of movie I would recommend to a specific audience. If you don't mind sitting and soaking up the little details and absorbing a theme as deep as it will go, then you may agree that this film is quite rewarding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
November 21, 2006
a collection of often powerful scenes in search of something grand to say
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 20, 2006
If you know and love the work of Mexican-born director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, you understand going into his films that you must do so armed with a good deal of trust. His latest, "Babel," is no exception.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
November 20, 2006
Bleak, edgy, hyper-real. Purposely depleted of warm colors. Pitt and Blanchett only appear intermittently (and not terribly dynamically). An art-type film in three countries.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
November 18, 2006
Babel doesn't snap pieces of a plot puzzle together to satisfy a viewer. It's not that kind of a film. Immediate gratification comes in the form of vibrant, impressionistic scenes.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
November 17, 2006
Babel is skillful filmmaking, but the film's whole is less than its parts. After the drama ends, little has been learned.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
November 16, 2006
Riveting and eloquent. One of the year's best.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
November 15, 2006
The film's ambition, unfortunately, exceeds its reach, let alone its grasp.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 15, 2006
Similar in tone to Iñárritu's earlier film, "21 Grams," but not as effective.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 15, 2006
A film that's more to be admired than liked, more to be thought about than felt. It's a good film -- maybe close to a great one -- but one that I have no desire to revisit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
November 15, 2006
It's a complicated film, and at times a convoluted story, which is held together by its impressive array of performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
November 14, 2006
The lethargically paced Babel alternates between being kind of boring to being mildly interesting
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
November 14, 2006
If Crash drove you to distraction, then thou best stay away from Babel, this year's towering exercise in socio-political-psycho babble.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
November 14, 2006
An amazing, disturbing drama, "Babel" is a puzzle of film that pieces itself together bit by bit.
| Original Score: 4/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
November 13, 2006
full review in Greek
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Diana Saenger
ReviewExpress.com
November 12, 2006
Throughout the film the unpredictability, different and unique characters and the fast pace fuels the intrigue.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
November 12, 2006
Iñárritu is an exceptionally gifted director who makes each individual scene in Babel work beautifully. However, he runs into trouble as he attempts to pull all the plot strands together.
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
November 11, 2006
While this might not be for everyone, certainly not for the lazy, it is a brilliant piece of movie-making. It grabs you and doesn't let go.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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