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Babylon A.D. Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 29, 2014
The movie has a nice look -- gray, rusted metal exposed to Siberian and Bering Strait snow. What it lacks is coherence and a compelling reason for us to take this often-abrupt journey with Aurora, Toorop and Sister Rebeka.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
November 7, 2008
Skip it aggressively.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
November 7, 2008
I unfortunately had a seat that faced the screen and I have two hours of my life that I will never get back.
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Ruth Hessey
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
October 3, 2008
With his face like a squashed doughnut, and physique like the tyres of a huge truck, Diesel just doesn't inhabit the same planet as Rampling or even Kassovitz himself.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 2, 2008
This is a case of a potentially epic tale being pruned and diced to the point where its underlying ideas are reduced to trite clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
September 2, 2008
Even if it never finds an audience outside L.A., someone ought to write a book called When Dull Films Happen To Clever Production Designers.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 2, 2008
An abysmal French thriller in which everyone -- Diesel included -- speaks as if they've learned their lines phonetically.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 2, 2008
[A] futuristic mess of biblical proportions.
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Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
September 2, 2008
Babylon's plot is a lumpy mixture of The Fifth Element and Children of Men, while its dystopian future references Blade Runner, Dune, and The Matrix.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
September 2, 2008
A must-see only for fans of snowmobile chases.
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
September 2, 2008
When this Vin Diesel vehicle isn't pointlessly frenzied, it's narratively inert, wasting some decent production design, and a French-flavored cast primed for fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
September 2, 2008
'I'm very unhappy with the film,' the director recently told an online magazine. Join the club.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Vadim Rizov
L.A. Weekly
September 2, 2008
Without whatever strident critique Kassovitz intends, it's a typical B action movie -- the inevitable pseudo-warm bonding scenes deadly, the fights largely incoherent -- with the occasional pleasing set-piece.
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Michael Ordoña
Los Angeles Times
September 2, 2008
Babylon feels like an almost random pastiche of good and bad. There may be a deadly virus, or genetic engineering, or a virgin birth, or some combination of all, it's not clear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 2, 2008
The only explicable thing about Babylon A.D. is that it was not screened in advance for critics.
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
August 29, 2008
Unfortunately, a 'Matrix'-style shoot-out offers a glib, violent solution to what is otherwise an intriguing emotional conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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Jordan Mintzer
Variety
August 20, 2008
A noisier, costlier version of Children of Men, yet lacking that film's social-political significance and jaw-dropping direction.