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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

Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
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Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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.
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.
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
Greg Muskewitz
July 2, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Eric D. Snider
July 2, 2001
Tells it like it is with just a glimmer of how it ought to be.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Todd McCarthy
March 27, 2009
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Alexander Walker
London Evening Standard
December 15, 2003
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
December 15, 2003
Wilson Morales
May 13, 2003
David Poland
Hot Button
January 7, 2003
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
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Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001

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Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 7, 2001
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Ebert & Roeper
July 5, 2001
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
June 27, 2001
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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 1, 2000
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