• R, 1 hr. 35 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    John Sayles
    In Theaters:
    Sep 19, 2003 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 13, 2004
  • IFC Films


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Casa de los Babys Reviews

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Cole Smithey

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

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: D+

May 15, 2009
Emanuel Levy

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: 2/5

June 1, 2006
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews | Original Score: 5/10

September 26, 2005
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

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 Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 2/5

January 4, 2005
Jordan Hiller

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

Full Review Source: Bangitout.com | Original Score: 3

December 9, 2004
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

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 Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

June 22, 2004
Sarah Chauncey

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.

| Original Score: 4/4

April 14, 2004
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies

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 Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 7, 2004
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

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 Source: Las Vegas CityLife

March 30, 2004
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

Goo-goo gag me.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

February 9, 2004
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald

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

Full Review Source: Oregon Herald | Original Score: 2/5

November 11, 2003
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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.

| Original Score: 3/4

November 4, 2003
Beth Jones
Roanoke Times (Virginia)

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 Source: Roanoke Times (Virginia) | Original Score: 2/5

November 3, 2003
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

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

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 4/5

October 27, 2003
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

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

| Original Score: 8/10

October 24, 2003
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3/4

October 24, 2003
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

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

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

October 24, 2003
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

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

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 24, 2003
Steve Schneider
Orlando 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 Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 4/5

October 17, 2003
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Each woman is a cardboard cutout, and the talented actresses here seem boxed in by their roles.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

October 17, 2003
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