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Casa de los Babys (2003)


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

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

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

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


Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 1,738



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 … More

R (for some language and brief drug use)
Directed By:
Written By:
John Sayles
In Theaters:
Apr 13, 2004
Box Office:
IFC Films


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Critic Reviews for Casa de los Babys

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.

Full Review… | October 17, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

A raw slice of life that goes beyond the obvious external issues.

October 16, 2003
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

It is a story without a story, helpless and wandering, enjoyable for its parts but failing as a whole.

October 10, 2003
Detroit News
Top Critic

If most of the characters seem underdeveloped, they are also convincing and interesting.

Full Review… | October 10, 2003
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Sayles, a rare screenwriter who consistently creates thoughtful roles for grown-up women, has outdone himself here.

Full Review… | October 3, 2003
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 3, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

"Casa de los Baby's" is a frustrating and tedious experience to endure.

Full Review… | May 15, 2009

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.

Full Review… | June 1, 2006

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

Full Review… | September 26, 2005

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.

Full Review… | January 4, 2005
Cinema em Cena

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

Full Review… | December 9, 2004

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

Full Review… | June 22, 2004
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.

Full Review… | April 7, 2004
IGN Movies

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...

Full Review… | March 30, 2004

Goo-goo gag me.

Full Review… | February 9, 2004

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

Full Review… | November 11, 2003

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.

Full Review… | November 3, 2003
Roanoke Times (Virginia)

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

Full Review… | October 27, 2003
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.

Full Review… | October 24, 2003
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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

Full Review… | October 24, 2003
Salt Lake Tribune

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

Full Review… | October 24, 2003
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.

Full Review… | October 17, 2003
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.

Dannielle Albert

Super Reviewer


I thougt this movie was just weird.

Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer


Excellent! Very intriguing. This movie was definitely worth sitting down and watching for.

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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