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Babe Reviews

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
June 16, 2015
Much to my surprise, I found Babe charming in an eccentric, oddly tough-minded sort of way. And if it isn't quite good enough to change my mind about the entire critter-chat genre, it is certainly good enough to recommend.
Dennis King
Tulsa World
June 16, 2015
Wise, captivating and thoroughly loony, this artful little farm fable is one of those rare films that works for all age levels.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 19, 2014
He's brave and bright, good-natured and ambitious, naive and vulnerable. All in all, he's probably the most winsome orphan to appear on the screen since Freddie Bartholomew impersonated David Copperfield 60 years ago.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
August 19, 2014
Thanks to well-trained live animals, clever voice characterizations and a big dash of muppetry from Henson's Creature Shop, Babe and his barnyard friends not only walk the walk and trot the trot, they also talk the talk.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
August 19, 2014
Here's the summer's sleeper for kids and their parents, a terrific picture that takes a lot of risks and makes them all pay off in a charming story about a pig who fancies himself a sheepdog -- or sheep-pig.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 30, 2013
Babe is not, strictly speaking, a kid's movie. It is a preposterously funny fable that strikes a chord with adults, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
July 30, 2013
The hero of the children's movie Babe is probably the summer's most likable character -- a pig so appealing he may have your family swearing off hot dogs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Gary Dretzka
Chicago Tribune
July 30, 2013
For children, the movie will play like a storybook come to life. Adults, at first, will marvel at the special effects and puppetry. But ultimately, they'll be won over by the nuances of a story that finds a fresh way to deliver a timeless message.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Doug Thomas
Seattle Times
July 30, 2013
A film that is exceptional in its technical effects and its graceful ability to entertain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John Ferguson
Radio Times
July 30, 2013
It's a delight from start to finish that will captivate children and melt the heart of even the grumpiest adult.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
July 30, 2013
[It's] a comedy of animal manners that is much funnier and much cannier than any recent movie about human relationships: a lovely, stubbornly idiosyncratic fable of aspiration and survival.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
July 30, 2013
The movie is at times raucous, but its spirits couldn't be higher, and the tale teaches a good-natured lesson about why cooperation is better than coercion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
M. Faust
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Heartwarming farm story touching and a bit scary.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
August 4, 2010
Every movie for children should be made with this much care, expressing this much unparalleled richness and beauty
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
May 13, 2008
This reviewer for one, hasn't been able to face a pork chop in the months since, and is still laughing at the vibrant joyousness of this delicious comic fable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Film4
May 13, 2008
It's enough to turn you vegetarian.
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Jack Kroll
Newsweek
May 13, 2008
It has a surprising charm.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 13, 2008
Australian director Chris Noonan and producer George Miller show what real talent and imagination can do, even without big-name humans as costars.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 13, 2008
The characters (both animal and human) are solidly conceived, and the storytelling and visuals are expertly fashioned.
Jay Hardwig
Austin Chronicle
May 13, 2008
Babe provides a stunning revisionist take on barnyard politics, and may change the whole way we view pigs politically.
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