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Babel Reviews

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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
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
October 30, 2006
Babel is a movie with its heart in the right place, but like its own characters, its message gets lost in translation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
November 9, 2006
If last year's best-picture Oscar winner, "Crash," argued, "Can't we all just get along?" "Babel" counters, "Let's stop traveling and talking to each other."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 28, 2009
The gimmick-machinery whirrs, but the human beings in it can't breath
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
November 10, 2006
[Iñárritu] remains as entranced as ever by fate, loss and the interconnectedness of humankind, and I admire him for it. But Babel isn't the last or best word on that subject. It's just a lot of talk.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Barsanti
October 26, 2006
succeeds only in making noise.
| Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
October 25, 2006
There isn't a second when Iñárritu's film feels as if it's replicating life's coincidental nature.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Kam Williams
December 28, 2006
Feelbad experiences abound in modern morality play.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Eric D. Snider
November 10, 2006
Has an unwelcome sense of self-importance and heavy-handedness.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 2, 2006
It's pretty -- oh, what's the word? -- stupid in its dramatization of the silly little connections that unite us, and it's somewhat selective in its choice of them.
Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007
A lumbering, stitched-together mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joshua Tyler
September 26, 2006
Babel is depressing, long, boring, and if it's trying to say something important I wasn't able to hear it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jim Emerson
October 4, 2006
Babel has the very best of intentions, and tries very hard, but cannot bring them to life. What I mean is, it left me cold.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 9, 2006
The filmmakers don't seem to understand or care much about many of these people, but they use them to unload ideas about violence, communication, and tribal misunderstandings -- trading on suffering as they aim for cosmic wisdom.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 27, 2006
[Many] will probably find something profound in this beautiful-looking mishmash, but the profundity exists only in the intent, and not in the execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
June 1, 2008
Babel...belongs to an unfortunately proliferating genre that might be called the higher kitsch.
February 9, 2007
A better title for this film would have been "Murphy's Law," as Inarritu has a relentless grip on the banality of its tenets.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
January 16, 2007
If misery is your pornography, Babel is your holy grail.
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
November 10, 2006
Being diplomatic because of Inarritu and Arriaga's past success isn't worth it, given the irony that a story about communication breakdown so woefully fails to connect. "Babel" is a bore.
Full Review| Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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