• R, 2 hr. 10 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    John Singleton
    In Theaters:
    Jun 27, 2001 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 6, 2001
  • Columbia Pictures

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Baby Boy Reviews

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

The film is a bold examination of an aspect of African American life. There's no shortage of sex, violence, or urban realism.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: B

July 4, 2011
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 29, 2010
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: C+

February 26, 2006
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic

Recommended mainly to the more devoted Singleton fans, Baby Boy is pretty strong evidence of a filmmaker who still has plenty to say.

Full Review Source: DVD Clinic | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 21, 2005
Rachel Deahl
Baltimore City Paper

An unfortunate hybrid of Oedipal and Peter Pan complexes, Singleton's film is a mishmash of half-cocked ideas and unrealized sentiments.

November 18, 2002
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...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...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 25, 2002
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Eye | Original Score: 3/4

March 4, 2002
Jane Crowther
BBC.com

Johnson and Rhames are superb as Jody's charming, hard-working mother and her ex-con boyfriend Melvin.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 3/5

November 12, 2001
Adam Nayman
eye WEEKLY

It's an intermittently powerful but deeply flawed film.

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 2/5

August 2, 2001
Joe Leydon
San Francisco Examiner

To a large degree, its ungainliness is forgivable, as it reflects a breadth of ambition, not a failure of talent.

August 2, 2001
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

The director deserves credit for tackling a worthwhile subject, but many will find the film's tone too soft and approving.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

July 23, 2001
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

Never rises above the level of a soap opera.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 16, 2001
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

July 13, 2001
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

'Baby Boy' is a powerhouse of a film, and so sexy it's like celluloid Viagra.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: 4/4

July 12, 2001
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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I felt myself drawn into a vortex of raw emotion from which I could not escape.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

July 12, 2001
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

Baby Boy, for all of its naiveté and indulgences, has some humility in it as well, which does its creator good.

Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine | Original Score: B

July 8, 2001
David Edelstein
Slate
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One of the most entertaining African-American comedies of manners ever made.

Full Review Source: Slate

July 6, 2001
Mary Elizabeth Williams
Salon.com
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[Jody's] lessons on growing up and moving on never ring more than halfhearted and false.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

July 6, 2001
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com

"Singleton's thesis is that pervasive racism and a lack of role models have psychologically infantalized Afro-American men."

Full Review Source: www.susangranger.com | Original Score: 5/10

July 3, 2001
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

If nothing else, its thematic originality makes it a unique and groundbreaking work.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 2, 2001
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