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October Baby Reviews

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 23, 2012
Trafficking in 2-D morality and unlikely to be seen by the unconverted, "October Baby" would have been better off as a bumper sticker.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 23, 2012
"October Baby" doesn't even meet the standards of decent propaganda. It is, in fact, indecent propaganda.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 23, 2012
"October Baby" may be well-intentioned, but it's as obvious and inert as a spoonful of mashed potatoes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
March 23, 2012
Extended scenes are dominated by heavy dialogue, while the lighter moments are relegated to montages of prancing across a beach, for example, which simply aren't that effective at buoying the drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
March 22, 2012
Heavily vested in its peculiarly glossy agitprop that, like Saint Sebastian, it invites the arrows of kneejerk derision. Too bad, as the film has really lovely performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 22, 2012
Like the bloodied placards brandished by demonstrators outside women's health clinics, the film communicates in the language of guilt and fear.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Paul Doro
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 22, 2012
More sermon than movie, "October Baby" has a rigid agenda that it never wavers from.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 22, 2012
The closer Hannah gets to her goal, the more insistent the sermonizing becomes. By the time she confronts the woman who rejected her (a careerist lawyer), we are neck-deep in Lifetime TV bathos.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
March 22, 2012
A film whose poignancy is hard to deny whatever side of the abortion debate you fall on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 22, 2012
Directors Andrew and Jon Erwin, who also contributed to the story, rarely let their film get didactic, instead going for a more low-key approach.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 22, 2012
It's neither entertaining nor thought provoking.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Leydon
Variety
March 22, 2012
Newcomer Rachel Hendrix grabs attention and sustains sympathy as a lovely yet troubled 19-year-old student determined to unlock the secrets of her past.
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
March 22, 2012
This isn't a movie; this is propaganda for the already converted.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 22, 2012
The film as a whole is amateurish and ungainly, can't find a consistent tone, is too long, is overladen with music that tries to paraphrase the story and is photographed with too many beauty shots that slow the progress.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 21, 2012
Strictly for its target audience, who tend to be very uncritical where these movies are concerned.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
March 20, 2012
A slick piece of pro-life propaganda, it has relatively luxe production values, painfully earnest performances, and a drippy "inspirational" score.
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
March 18, 2012
An apolitical, pro-life parable apt to touch the hearts of audience members on either side of the abortion issue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Austin Chronicle
April 14, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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