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Baby Boy Reviews

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Cole Smithey
July 4, 2011
The film is a bold examination of an aspect of African American life. There's no shortage of sex, violence, or urban realism.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 29, 2010
The characters are so full-bodied and the feelings so raw and complex that I'd call this the best thing John Singleton has done to date
Emanuel Levy
February 26, 2006
This is yet another coming-of-age tale except that the hero is not a teenager but a young man who goes out of his way to be macho but really is a mama boy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic
December 21, 2005
Recommended mainly to the more devoted Singleton fans, Baby Boy is pretty strong evidence of a filmmaker who still has plenty to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rachel Deahl
Baltimore City Paper
November 18, 2002
An unfortunate hybrid of Oedipal and Peter Pan complexes, Singleton's film is a mishmash of half-cocked ideas and unrealized sentiments.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 25, 2002
...while it's not as gritty as Boyz N the Hood or as compelling as Higher Learning, Baby Boy is certainly worth checking out if only for the superb performances...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
March 4, 2002
There's no cuddling this Baby Boy, a profoundly sad commentary on the vicious circle that continues to terminally plague our bewildered, impressionable and disadvantaged young urban black men.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jane Crowther
November 12, 2001
Johnson and Rhames are superb as Jody's charming, hard-working mother and her ex-con boyfriend Melvin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Adam Nayman
August 2, 2001
It's an intermittently powerful but deeply flawed film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joe Leydon
San Francisco Examiner
August 2, 2001
To a large degree, its ungainliness is forgivable, as it reflects a breadth of ambition, not a failure of talent.
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
July 23, 2001
The director deserves credit for tackling a worthwhile subject, but many will find the film's tone too soft and approving.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
July 16, 2001
Never rises above the level of a soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 13, 2001
With a combination of sensitivity and insight, John Singleton presents a fascinating portrait of an African American that goes against stereotypes of 20-year-old men.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
July 12, 2001
'Baby Boy' is a powerhouse of a film, and so sexy it's like celluloid Viagra.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
July 12, 2001
I felt myself drawn into a vortex of raw emotion from which I could not escape.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
July 8, 2001
Baby Boy, for all of its naiveté and indulgences, has some humility in it as well, which does its creator good.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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July 6, 2001
One of the most entertaining African-American comedies of manners ever made.
Top Critic
July 6, 2001
[Jody's] lessons on growing up and moving on never ring more than halfhearted and false.
Susan Granger
July 3, 2001
"Singleton's thesis is that pervasive racism and a lack of role models have psychologically infantalized Afro-American men."
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
July 2, 2001
If nothing else, its thematic originality makes it a unique and groundbreaking work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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