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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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Babies is a mesmerizing and weirdly manipulative experience, combining wide-eyed innocence and shrewd cultural commentary as it chronicles the folkways and familial rites of four starkly different societies.
Watching babies learn and grow is the true joy of the movie. Whether they're clapping along at play group, splashing in streams or struggling not to fall asleep, the babies are the stars of this sweet, amusing little film.
In the joyous and buoyant new documentary Babies, the filmmakers keep the baby -- and the bathwater -- and everything else about infants that makes them so appealing that the rest of us keep making more of them.
By showing these vastly divergent parenting styles and domestic situations, Babies can't help but ask whether Western and first-world cultures have gone too far, and become too controlling, when it comes to child rearing.
Imagine one long, stupefying montage of all the home videos you've ever had to watch of your friends' tiny offspring, edited without any narrative arc or discernible point of view, and you'll have the gist of this misbegotten documentary.
Hardwired as we are to respond to infants, it's difficult not to be drawn in to the innate cuteness. The filmmaker's emotional connection to his subjects is clear, and even when "Babies" loses steam, it casts the human story in a fresh light.