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The Business of Being Born Reviews

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Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
April 18, 2010
The Business of Being Born is Ricki Lake's passionate statement about natural birth and the health lobby's choke-hold over public perception.
Full Review | Original Score: 67/100
Jennifer Merin
About.com
June 9, 2009
Full of surprises, including shocking stats about the high rate of infant mortality in America, prevalence and high cost of Cesarean deliveries and contextual presentation of Ricki Lake's home video of the delivery of her child.
Full Review | Original Score: 4..5/5
Rachel Gordon
Filmcritic.com
April 7, 2009
an effective glimpse into the need for personal research, and a solid argument for making informed choices.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
December 23, 2008
Not a lot new about the U.S. obstetrics industry, but despite its faults, its arguments are worth bringing to a new generation of health providers and expectant parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
June 18, 2008
This movie really made me realize how cold and impersonal the hospital births really are. If I ever had another kid (first I need to find someone to sleep with me again) I would make my significant other watch this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 29, 2008
Important viewing for anyone contemplating a birth plan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
February 28, 2008
Interviews with the mothers and footage of the birth process combine to offer intimate portraits of women preparing for and experiencing this natural phenomenon that has become increasingly mechanized.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Maureen M. Hart
Chicago Tribune
February 15, 2008
Former talk show host Ricki Lake had her first baby in a hospital and came away with the need for a birth experience that was more empowering, with less medical intervention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times
February 15, 2008
"The Business of Being Born" is messy and amateurish but heartfelt and compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Tamara Straus
San Francisco Chronicle
January 18, 2008
A powerful, frightening look at America's delivery room that makes a strong case for natural childbirth overseen by experienced midwives rather than by surgery-prone doctors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Evan Henerson
Los Angeles Daily News
January 18, 2008
Contending that America's mothers would be far better off if deliveries were taken out of the hands of obstetricians and hospitals, director/producer Abby Epstein and executive producer Ricki Lake will push buttons, but they won't jab them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Sam Sweet
L.A. Weekly
January 18, 2008
Epstein's film is conveniently short on interviews with the millions of mothers who have had positive experiences delivering in hospitals.
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
January 17, 2008
Pregnant women -- and involved dads -- would be well advised to check out this provocative portrait.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
January 14, 2008
[It's] so selective in its presentation of information that it makes Michael Moore look like a fat lady in a blindfold holding a pair of scales.
January 14, 2008
Director Abby Epstein is clearly biased in favor of home birth, but that doesn't make her case any less square.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
January 11, 2008
Passionate, enlightening and unabashedly one-sided, Abby Epstein's documentary is not for everyone. But at the very least, it should be seen by every pregnant woman in America.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 11, 2008
The Business of Being Born is not overtly political. Its feminism is palpable but unspoken.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 10, 2008
[Director] Epstein's opinion on the issue is never in doubt and once the attitude of the film is established, it seems to make the same points repeatedly. Fortunately, Epstein herself gets pregnant, and she gets to test her own theories.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 10, 2008
No one, male or female, pregnant or childless, who sees The Business of Being Born will ever see the hospital maternity ward as a normal environment again.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
January 10, 2008
As issue docs go, The Business Of Being Born is about as well-put-together and non-aggravating as the genre can get -- which isn't saying much, but it's still a small victory.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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