• 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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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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If only Singleton had filtered Baby Boy's passion through the ideas of real deep thinkers on this subject, he might yet fulfill the great promise that he showed us back when he was a 23 year-old baby boy wonder himself.

June 28, 2001
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 17, 2003
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire

While the ensemble from Boyz 'N the Hood felt trapped by their environment, Jody is just lazy and callow.

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 2/4

June 25, 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
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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The film is emotionally overloaded with confrontations that repeat like a boxing- match replay that refuses to quit: Jody vs. Mom, Jody vs. Yvette, Jody vs. Melvin, Jody vs. the neighborhood thugs, Jody vs. Jody.

Full Review Source: Newsday

June 27, 2001
Jim Judy
Screen It!

Occasionally becomes too wound up in its overly melodramatic moments and is a bit too uneven in its storytelling approach for its own good or the viewer's ultimate enjoyment.

Full Review Source: Screen It!

June 27, 2001
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly

| Original Score: 2.5/4

May 20, 2003
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
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
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

When Snoop is the highlight of your film, you've got big problems.

June 21, 2001
Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
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A preachy, monotonous failure.

June 26, 2001
Rod Armstrong
Reel.com

The subject is certainly worthy, but Singleton's script is too repetitive, pedantic, and protracted to do it justice.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

June 26, 2001
Amy Taubin
Village Voice
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Without a convincing Jody, Singleton's thesis about a son's absolute need for a father figure is never played out.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 26, 2001
Dave Kehr
Citysearch

Singleton hammers home his thesis ... with a monotonous single-mindedness that dulls the usual acuity of his perceptions.

Full Review Source: Citysearch

June 27, 2001
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Though it's a daring and commendable message, Singleton has trouble focusing it.

Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Original Score: 4/10

June 27, 2001
John Zebrowski
Seattle Times
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Maybe if Singleton didn't try to repeat Boyz N the Hood with Baby Boy, he would've made a better movie.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times

June 27, 2001
Renee Lucas Wayne
Philadelphia Daily News

The companion piece to Singleton's seminal Boyz N the Hood lacks not only the depth of story but also the emotional integrity and thoughtfulness of the 1991 hit.

June 28, 2001
Dave White
IFilm

Snoop doesn't even show up until about an hour into the movie, and even then he's a minor, if pivotal, character.

Full Review Source: IFilm

June 28, 2001
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine

It's full of standard cliches that have plagued black cinema for decades.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

June 29, 2001
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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[Singleton] He means for this to be r,38p,11p revelatory, but it is instead exhausting.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

June 29, 2001
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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March 27, 2009
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
June 27, 2001
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 1, 2000
Wilson Morales
BlackFilm.com
May 13, 2003
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2002
David Poland
Hot Button
January 7, 2003
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Alexander Walker
This is London
December 15, 2003
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
December 15, 2003

Ebert & Roeper
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July 5, 2001

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 7, 2001

Guardian
November 24, 2001

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002

Time Out
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January 26, 2006
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