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Babel Reviews

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January 17, 2007
You can't make the same film three times and not expect people to carp. Go and see it with politically-minded friends and thrash it out afterwards over coffee.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
January 16, 2007
Si algún mérito tiene González Iñárritu (además de la conducción de un buen elenco) es el de haber sido capaz de dar a una película menor y pretenciosa la forma de un cine supuestamente original e importante.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 16, 2007
Babel can be unnecessarily convoluted, ultimately though it's the stark simplicity of the dilemmas faced by each character that hits home, wherever that may be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
January 16, 2007
If misery is your pornography, Babel is your holy grail.
Neil Smith
Total Film
January 15, 2007
For all its contrivances, Babel offers a gripping treatise on fate, chance and language with an epic sweep that leaves you marvelling at its ambition.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Adams
Sunday Mirror (UK)
January 15, 2007
Well structured, but rather cold.
Uri Lessing
January 13, 2007
The film takes its main characters, spreads them out all over the world, and subjects them to emotionally and physically tortuous situations. Think last year's Crash on a global scale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
January 11, 2007
The idea of the ripple effect of events has been handled by other movies that I somehow was hoping there would be something deeper or more meaningful in the message of Babel.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
James O'Ehley
SA Movie & DVD Magazine
January 8, 2007
When bad things happen to stupid people, are we supposed to care?
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
January 4, 2007
It may be too slow for some tastes, but Babel remains emotionally bruising but compulsive viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jordan Hiller
December 31, 2006
The fact that someone was so inspired by our pathetic and pitiable inability to communicate with our fellow man to craft a film with that message and that message alone is noteworthy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David N. Butterworth
December 30, 2006
"Babel" is a well-intentioned -- and finely acted -- tower of power that might have worked better had its theme of universal communication difficulties been better integrated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kam Williams
December 28, 2006
Feelbad experiences abound in modern morality play.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
December 14, 2006
Actions, reactions and consequences are the themes of Babel, an intense and gripping drama that explores the closely connected chain of humanity that links us inextricably to each other.
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
December 13, 2006
...once again Pitt has cast aside the exterior to bring out the character inside. A scene where he breaks down and sobs while talking to his son is heartbreaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Lisa Johnson
December 8, 2006
Iñárritu not only tries to pull the heart strings with children weeping; there's also the completely gratuitous side story about Asian teens in short skirts sans panties.
Victoria Alexander
December 7, 2006
An emotionally visceral and empathetic triumph.
Full Review
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
December 2, 2006
Looking back, there are so many moments of beauty in Babel, mostly born of frustration and empathy with these characters. So why doesn't it connect?
| Original Score: 2.75/4
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
December 1, 2006
... Harrowing, compelling viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
December 1, 2006
Earnest to a fault and depressing beyond reason, the film is unrelenting in its attempts to wrap the world in a shroud of fatalism.
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