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April 24, 2016
A great we-are-all-connected type story. you would think, with its long runtime that it would drag, but it keeps fixated throughout. Fantastic performances all around.
April 17, 2016
Being a fan of Alejandro González Iñárritu's work, I was very excited to see Babel. Mr. Iñárritu is clearly fascinated by the concept of interconnected lives, how people of vastly disparate lives can still have the most profound impacts upon each other. The movie may be looked at, therefore, as an extrapolation of his previous effort 21 Grams, in which 3 stories taking place in the United States were interwoven. In Babel, we have 4 stories, taking place in 3 countries. There's some great acting from the principle cast, and some moment s of genuine beauty, emotion, surprise and intrigue. But the film is near-crippled by its excessive length and lack of real development on 21 Grams, which is a much better effort, carrying more emotional resonance and much less self-conscious stylishness. There's large chunks which could have been cut without anything being sacrificed, and some of the connections between the storylines are so tenuous that they carry almost no weight at all. It's certainly an interesting film, and Iñárritu's flair for cinema is apparent. The problem is not that it's a weak offering, its simply that, over the course of his career, he's given us so much better.
½ March 21, 2016
The barriers between rich and poor, west and east, the struggles within our mankind over borders and barriers. Complexed and difficult the communication and understanding of our innermost values and needs.
½ March 12, 2016
Iñárritu weaves together four seemingly disparate stories that link somewhat incidentally (but also consequentially). Each tale is filled with tension as characters engage in actions that you know they should not - that could and sometimes will end badly. Beginning in Morocco, we see two kids playing with a high powered rifle. Enough said. Then, in San Diego, a Mexican nanny needs to go to her son's wedding but her employers forbade her to go, leading her to take their kids to Mexico with her. Uh-oh. Back in Morocco, tourist Cate Blanchett is accidentally shot through the window of the bus she and Brad Pitt are travelling in. Damn. Finally, deaf-mute Rinko Kikuchi gradually unravels in Tokyo trying to cope with the suicide of her mother and just plain being a teenage girl. Hmmmm. Although each tale on its own is rather gripping, well shot, and well acted, the sum of the parts does not entirely cohere. Sure, you could draw parallels if you made the effort, but it shouldn't be this unclear. Drawing from the title, one could probably conclude that the message of the film is that communication between humans is inevitably problematic, both across and within cultures. No kidding.
½ February 16, 2016
these original ideas , which are not complex , but with the direction esxcelnte make a work of art .
February 7, 2016
Feels unorganized and disjointed, the characters aren't too memorable, and it "goes to far" in a few places, although it is an interesting Window into an unusual world.
½ January 31, 2016
La fusion de todas las historias conmueve, un desenlace diverso para cada una, con un dolor latente en todas.
January 29, 2016
Every time I see it the impact remains the same! Powerful film. The Moroccan teenagers really makes me cry!
½ January 16, 2016
From snippets to pictures, Iñàrritu's thriller is gradually wrapped up together with a loose, but silky bow.
January 15, 2016
Just not worth my time. Thy had hard enough time telling one story without going into three. Sorry.
January 11, 2016
A strong international story.
January 7, 2016
Babel is an ambitious, weighty drama, typically well-crafted and directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. However, like some of his earlier films, it overreaches its grasp, filling its runtime with numerous characters and plotlines that feel too inorganic and unbelievable to connect
January 7, 2016
One of the most ambitious narratives in film in Innaritu's profound masterpiece.
½ January 6, 2016
The film blends four narratives to create one story about the human need for love and affection and the search to find that love - even in the darkest places.
½ December 31, 2015
The only thing worse than watching a few minutes of this movie is to watch the whole thing, hoping it gets better. It doesn't
½ December 28, 2015
Un hermoso poema sobre la incomunicación y la incomprensión. Y el posible efecto de ambas en el ser humano. Una obra arrebatadora, profunda, fascinante y sorprendente.
December 28, 2015
Was surprised that this movie has such a criminally low rating here. Babel is a beautiful and creative masterpiece that explores countless mature themes through the interconnected stories of its characters. Be warned when going into this movie that it has artistic elements (typical of Iñarritu) that might upset those who prefer conventional, hollywood-style films. Babel is truly unlike any other film.
November 15, 2015
You know the movie they talk about in The Player? The one with no big names and no happy ending. This is it. And it's depressing as hell.
November 1, 2015
A masterpiece in every sense. Babel takes place in 4 different places each place has its characters and each character has their conflicts but in general all the characters share a relationship with others, even if some will never get to see throughout the film, that is the great thing in this movie, that we deeply know the history and situation of each character and share a global conflict with the other characters.

Review en Español:
Una obra maestra en todo sentido. Babel se desarrolla en 4 lugares distintos cada lugar tiene a sus personajes y cada personaje tiene sus conflictos pero en general todos los personajes comparten una relación con los demás, aunque algunos nunca se llegan a ver en toda la película, eso es lo grandioso de esta película, que podemos conocer profundamente la historia y situación de cada personaje y ademas de compartir un conflicto mundial con los demás personajes.
October 9, 2015
Just when I thought that each story line couldn't get any more depressing and that the lives of each character had reached their low point...BOOM the Director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu dumps even grief and sorrow on the audience. If you're looking for a happy ending, don't look here.
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