Babel Reviews

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December 2, 2018
An irredeemably overdetermined, far-fetched and transparently schematic piece.
October 16, 2018
On a practical level it's hard not to see that nearly every calamity in Babel could have been avoided had the characters exercised better judgment
August 28, 2009
The gimmick-machinery whirrs, but the human beings in it can't breath
August 7, 2008
June 1, 2008
Babel...belongs to an unfortunately proliferating genre that might be called the higher kitsch.
July 23, 2007
A lumbering, stitched-together mess.
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.
February 3, 2007
Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest sprawling, dispersed art-film blockbuster prompts a question: Does he just not know how to tell a story?
January 31, 2007
Rubbish so pretentious it would make the folks behind Crash begin to blush.
January 20, 2007
Well acted and handsomely photographed, but still extraordinarily overpraised and overblown, a middlebrow piece of near-nonsense: the kind of self-conscious arthouse cinema that is custom-tailored and machine-tooled for the dinner-party demographic.
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.
January 16, 2007
If misery is your pornography, Babel is your holy grail.
January 15, 2007
Well structured, but rather cold.
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.
January 8, 2007
When bad things happen to stupid people, are we supposed to care?
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.
December 28, 2006
Feelbad experiences abound in modern morality play.
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.
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?
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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