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Baby Boy Reviews

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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
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Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
November 7, 2001
| Original Score: 2/4
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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.
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July 6, 2001
One of the most entertaining African-American comedies of manners ever made.
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July 6, 2001
[Jody's] lessons on growing up and moving on never ring more than halfhearted and false.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 2, 2001
What holds the movie together ... is Gibson's broodingly responsive performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
June 29, 2001
Pootie Tang this ain't.
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Bruce Kirkland
Toronto Sun
June 29, 2001
Singleton's take on the world he creates with such verve is so penetrating, so tough-minded and so provocative that you are swept up and held spellbound.
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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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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 28, 2001
Highly flawed but hugely fascinating.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 28, 2001
Good acting lends some balance to director's liking for sermons.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 28, 2001
Affecting if sometimes overwrought.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 28, 2001
Baby Boy is a movie that will act like a smack in the face to some audiences, while others may simply laugh in recognition.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 28, 2001
Baby Boy has its slow parts, its obvious parts, its egregious parts. But it's also a film that can take you to a place no other summer movie can.
| Original Score: B+
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 27, 2001
John Singleton must believe the truth will set him free, for he tells it, uncompromisingly, in Baby Boy. You may or may not like what you see, but there it is, indisputably, right in your face.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
June 27, 2001
For the first time since Hood, Singleton is really sailing.
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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.
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
June 27, 2001
Baby Boy can be tough going, very tough going, but the cast is built to take it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
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.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 27, 2001
Baby Boy sometimes gets repetitive and is slightly overlong. But it's got solid performances and great dialogue, and, most impressively for a summer movie, it actually gives you something to think about.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
June 27, 2001
A bracing film, passionate, frightening, sobering and funny all at once.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 27, 2001
A bold criticism of young black men who carelessly father babies, live off their mothers and don't even think of looking for work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
June 27, 2001
Baby Boy is more insistent in its didacticism than Boyz N the Hood, the passion and conviction are no less heartfelt.
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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.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 26, 2001
Baby Boy earns credibility for its insights by moving beyond image and rhetoric and quickly establishing Jody, his friends, lovers and family members as complex, striving, fallible human beings.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
June 26, 2001
A preachy, monotonous failure.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 26, 2001
Like its characters, this picture is doing the best it can, and although that may not be everything, it ought to count for something.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 26, 2001
For all of its flaws, [Singleton's] spankin' new Baby Boy still packs a punch.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 25, 2001
It almost always seems real (at least until the end) and it addresses meaningful issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 22, 2001
Leaves you shaken.
| Original Score: 4/5