Babies Reviews

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David Denby
New Yorker
May 10, 2010
The movie is pleasing -- who doesn't love gurgling babies? -- but as anodyne as a series of episodes from America's Funniest Home Videos.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 10, 2010
Presents itself as an ethnographic meditation on the first year of life but is better approached as an "oooooh" and "awww" fest...
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 7, 2010
Really, it's a nature documentary, except that the topic is human nature and the subjects are the only humans on the planet whose behaviour is unaffected by the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 7, 2010
Blessed with no narration, an absence of gimmickry and an embracing love for its subject matter, Babies is as sweet, joyful and filled with curiosity as a you-know-what.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 7, 2010
Babies begins to gain telling traction as the small triumphs start to come faster toward the sixth-month mark. Things begin to look up once the infants begin to, well, look up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manuel Mendoza
Dallas Morning News
May 7, 2010
Watch a baby for a while and chances are you'll be entertained. Multiply that times four and you have BabiesM/em>, a documentary as funny, charming and un-self-conscious as its subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 7, 2010
Might restore your faith in our perplexing, peculiar and stubbornly lovable species.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 7, 2010
Babies is a celebration of the gloriously mundane.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 7, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 7, 2010
The cry of a baby is ruthlessly, evolutionarily designed to be one of the most irritating sounds on Earth. So why would you want to hear it (many times) on massive movie theater speakers?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
May 7, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
May 7, 2010
The parents from Mongolia should travel around the world to demonstrate their superior swaddling techniques. Never has wrapping a blanket around an infant looked more like a work of art.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
May 6, 2010
There is almost literally no difference between watching Babies and just watching a baby.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
May 6, 2010
The film's message is loving and clear: we all created equal, even if some of us have better access to diapers.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 6, 2010
The photography is stunning, and Bruno Coulais' music adds just the right soundtrack to this intriguing visual diary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 6, 2010
Face it: This is very, very cute stuff. There will be cooing in theaters, and a desire to reach out and scoop those kids off the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 6, 2010
As an advertisement for the wonders of figuring out how to be alive, the movie is an engaging proposition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
May 6, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 6, 2010
At 79 minutes the film is overlong, making a point that could have been made in a short.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 6, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 6, 2010
Equal parts travelogue and big-budget home movie, Babies is an intriguing look at the universal nature of life, albeit a longer look than it needed to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
May 6, 2010
Say this for Babies: No one can leave complaining they didn't get what the title promised.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
May 6, 2010
"Babies" is, in the words of screenwriter David Mamet, "as cute as a pail of kittens." It is also shallow, squirmy and painfully contrived ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 6, 2010
The filmmaker shot nearly all this footage himself, all on a tripod. The stillness of the lengthy moments that result can be mesmerizing.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 6, 2010
As a diversion, Babies is like a wind-up toy that will tickle anyone with a pulse. As a documentary, it's like a cache of home videos that will frustrate anyone with an inquiring mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
May 6, 2010
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.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 6, 2010
The film entertains, as far as it goes. I wonder, though, if it goes far enough, or says much of anything beyond "Hey, check these babies out."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 6, 2010
Did I like the movie? Aw, yeah, I did. How could I not? Did I feel I needed to see it? Not really.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 5, 2010
Crying, peeing, grinning, crawling (there's a brief crawling montage -- the one such gimmick), the babies in Babies offer moments to cherish. Frankly, though, the film itself is kind of slack.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 5, 2010
With no narration, no subtitles and little language at all, this makes for a charming visual contrast in the ways of getting a child through that first year of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nick Schager
Time Out
May 5, 2010
Babies is barely more insightful than your average Flickr photo gallery or home movie clip: it's just infant porn for prospective parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Dan Kois
Village Voice
May 4, 2010
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May 3, 2010
An exercise in observational cinema tracking four infants across the globe, Babies is refreshing in its methods, impressive in its scope and remarkable in its immediacy.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
April 29, 2010
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.