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Casa de los Babys (2003)



Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 105
Fresh: 61 | Rotten: 44

Well-acted and thought provoking, if not completely satisfying.


Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 14

Well-acted and thought provoking, if not completely satisfying.



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Movie Info

John Sayles' Casa de los Babys tells the tale of a half-dozen American women who travel to Latin America in order to pick up their adopted children. They all stay at the same motel while they each wade through the bureaucracy. Sharing with each other their fears, hopes, dreams, and frustrations at the thoughts of becoming mothers comprises the majority of the drama in the film. The cast includes Maggie Gyllenhaal, Daryl Hannah, Marcia Gay Harden, Susan Lynch, Mary Steenburgen, Lili Taylor, and



John Sayles

Apr 13, 2004


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All Critics (111) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (61) | Rotten (44) | DVD (8)

Each woman is a cardboard cutout, and the talented actresses here seem boxed in by their roles.

October 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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A raw slice of life that goes beyond the obvious external issues.

October 16, 2003
Arizona Republic
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It is a story without a story, helpless and wandering, enjoyable for its parts but failing as a whole.

October 10, 2003
Detroit News
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If most of the characters seem underdeveloped, they are also convincing and interesting.

October 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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Sayles, a rare screenwriter who consistently creates thoughtful roles for grown-up women, has outdone himself here.

October 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Suggests a filmmaker whose vision has become reductive, motivated not by all-embracing interest but by an ultimately self-protective intent not to surrender to blind emotion in any form.

October 3, 2003 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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"Casa de los Baby's" is a frustrating and tedious experience to endure.

May 15, 2009 Full Review Source:

Didactic rather than dramatic, and schematic rather than realistic, Sayles' femme-driven yarn, set in an anonymous place, lags behind the zeitgeist with little to say about the issue of adoption or First vs. Third World countries.

June 1, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

a political pamphlet not very different from others that come from left-leaning Hollywood these days

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews

Os poucos momentos de maior inspiração não são suficientes para fazer jus à carreira de Sayles, às belas atuações de seu elenco e tampouco ao importante tema de seu filme.

January 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Sayles lets the befuddlements and ordinary complications of life take its course like a winding, sunlit stream.

December 9, 2004 Full Review Source:

John Sayles' most recent film, 2003's Casa de los Babys, exemplifies his approach to the intersection of the political and the personal.

June 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Sayles' love of and respect for the culture, and his willingness-or eagerness-to leave the viewer with more questions than answers makes Casa de los Babys superlative.

April 14, 2004

The story trails off in so many directions that it's hard to follow. After a while, I just found myself losing interest.

April 7, 2004 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
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Casa de los Babys isn't a perfect film. It ultimately seems brief and leaves too much of the women's (and children's) fates to our imagination...

March 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

Goo-goo gag me.

February 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

All in all, the film just tries to do too much.

November 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Oregon Herald

Writer-director John Sayles has successfully tackled so many unexpected subjects that one has to wonder if he's got a dartboard in his office to help him pick his next topic.

November 4, 2003
Creative Loafing

The film sags from the weight of too many characters, and its suggestion that the world is nothing but sadness is too much to bear.

November 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Roanoke Times (Virginia)

Astute character studies are the point here, rather than a neat and tidy story.

October 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Displays a succinct sensitivity making it [Sayles'] best film since Lone Star.

October 24, 2003
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

This is a thought-provoking film, and it features one of the best acting ensembles in awhile -- even by Sayles' standards.

October 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Sayles gives us sample tastes of characters and a situation that could have made a full-course cinematic meal.

October 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Sayles demonstrates a remarkable ability to fully flesh out characters who are on-screen for only a short time.

October 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

For most of its 95 minutes, Casa de los Babys is the John Sayles picture for people who always wished John Sayles pictures were a little bit better.

October 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Audience Reviews for Casa de los Babys

I don't particularly care for loose-end-endings in which there are certain plotlines left with no resolutions. That is my only qualm with this gem... it was a very important piece of art about the agony of infertility, the clashing of very different cultures but also the similarities between them, and about the love of family.
February 11, 2009

Super Reviewer

I thougt this movie was just weird.
October 17, 2008

Super Reviewer

Excellent! Very intriguing. This movie was definitely worth sitting down and watching for.
December 30, 2007
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