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Baby Boy Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 28, 2001
If only Singleton had filtered Baby Boy's passion through the ideas of real deep thinkers on this subject, he might yet fulfill the great promise that he showed us back when he was a 23 year-old baby boy wonder himself.
Kit Bowen
August 17, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Blackwelder
June 25, 2001
While the ensemble from Boyz 'N the Hood felt trapped by their environment, Jody is just lazy and callow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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Jan Stuart
June 27, 2001
The film is emotionally overloaded with confrontations that repeat like a boxing- match replay that refuses to quit: Jody vs. Mom, Jody vs. Yvette, Jody vs. Melvin, Jody vs. the neighborhood thugs, Jody vs. Jody.
Jim Judy
Screen It!
June 27, 2001
Occasionally becomes too wound up in its overly melodramatic moments and is a bit too uneven in its storytelling approach for its own good or the viewer's ultimate enjoyment.
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Adam Nayman
August 2, 2001
It's an intermittently powerful but deeply flawed film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
July 16, 2001
Never rises above the level of a soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
June 21, 2001
When Snoop is the highlight of your film, you've got big problems.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
June 26, 2001
A preachy, monotonous failure.
Rod Armstrong
June 26, 2001
The subject is certainly worthy, but Singleton's script is too repetitive, pedantic, and protracted to do it justice.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Amy Taubin
Village Voice
June 26, 2001
Without a convincing Jody, Singleton's thesis about a son's absolute need for a father figure is never played out.
Dave Kehr
June 27, 2001
Singleton hammers home his thesis ... with a monotonous single-mindedness that dulls the usual acuity of his perceptions.
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
June 27, 2001
Though it's a daring and commendable message, Singleton has trouble focusing it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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John Zebrowski
Seattle Times
June 27, 2001
Maybe if Singleton didn't try to repeat Boyz N the Hood with Baby Boy, he would've made a better movie.
Renee Lucas Wayne
Philadelphia Daily News
June 28, 2001
The companion piece to Singleton's seminal Boyz N the Hood lacks not only the depth of story but also the emotional integrity and thoughtfulness of the 1991 hit.
Dave White
June 28, 2001
Snoop doesn't even show up until about an hour into the movie, and even then he's a minor, if pivotal, character.
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
June 29, 2001
It's full of standard cliches that have plagued black cinema for decades.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
June 29, 2001
[Singleton] He means for this to be r,38p,11p revelatory, but it is instead exhausting.
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