The film is a bold examination of an aspect of African American life. There's no shortage of sex, violence, or urban realism.
| Original Score: B
The characters are so full-bodied and the feelings so raw and complex that I'd call this the best thing John Singleton has done to date
This is yet another coming-of-age tale except that the hero is not a teenager but a young man who goes out of his way to be macho but really is a mama boy.
| Original Score: C+
Recommended mainly to the more devoted Singleton fans, Baby Boy is pretty strong evidence of a filmmaker who still has plenty to say.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
An unfortunate hybrid of Oedipal and Peter Pan complexes, Singleton's film is a mishmash of half-cocked ideas and unrealized sentiments.
...while it's not as gritty as Boyz N the Hood or as compelling as Higher Learning, Baby Boy is certainly worth checking out if only for the superb performances...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
There's no cuddling this Baby Boy, a profoundly sad commentary on the vicious circle that continues to terminally plague our bewildered, impressionable and disadvantaged young urban black men.
| Original Score: 3/4
Johnson and Rhames are superb as Jody's charming, hard-working mother and her ex-con boyfriend Melvin.
| Original Score: 3/5
It's an intermittently powerful but deeply flawed film.
| Original Score: 2/5
To a large degree, its ungainliness is forgivable, as it reflects a breadth of ambition, not a failure of talent.
The director deserves credit for tackling a worthwhile subject, but many will find the film's tone too soft and approving.
Never rises above the level of a soap opera.
With a combination of sensitivity and insight, John Singleton presents a fascinating portrait of an African American that goes against stereotypes of 20-year-old men.
'Baby Boy' is a powerhouse of a film, and so sexy it's like celluloid Viagra.
| Original Score: 4/4
I felt myself drawn into a vortex of raw emotion from which I could not escape.
Baby Boy, for all of its naiveté and indulgences, has some humility in it as well, which does its creator good.
One of the most entertaining African-American comedies of manners ever made.
[Jody's] lessons on growing up and moving on never ring more than halfhearted and false.
"Singleton's thesis is that pervasive racism and a lack of role models have psychologically infantalized Afro-American men."
| Original Score: 5/10
If nothing else, its thematic originality makes it a unique and groundbreaking work.
| Original Score: 2.5/5