Casa de los Babys

Critics Consensus

Well-acted and thought provoking, if not completely satisfying.

58%

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50%

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A group of women, including Skipper (Daryl Hannah), the wealthy young Jennifer (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and the domineering Nan (Marcia Gay Harden), journey from the United States to South America in hopes of easily adopting children. Unfortunately, their plans are complicated by local laws that require the women to live in the foreign nation for an extended period before they can take in orphaned kids. While stuck in another country, the women bond as they share their aspirations and anxieties.

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Critic Reviews for Casa de los Babys

All Critics (106) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (61) | Rotten (45)

  • Each woman is a cardboard cutout, and the talented actresses here seem boxed in by their roles.

    October 17, 2003 | Rating: 2/5
  • A raw slice of life that goes beyond the obvious external issues.

    October 16, 2003 | Rating: 4/5
  • A jumble of ideas and stunning performances that never coalesce into a satisfying movie.

    October 12, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It is a story without a story, helpless and wandering, enjoyable for its parts but failing as a whole.

    October 10, 2003 | Rating: C-
  • If most of the characters seem underdeveloped, they are also convincing and interesting.

    October 10, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Sayles is the ultimate "on the other hand" guy, which may make for more thoughtful understanding but which is difficult to translate to film, a medium better suited to the dynamic, the opinionated, and the one-sided.

    October 4, 2003 | Rating: B

Audience Reviews for Casa de los Babys

  • Feb 11, 2009
    I don't particularly care for loose-end-endings in which there are certain plotlines left with no resolutions. That is my only qualm with this gem... it was a very important piece of art about the agony of infertility, the clashing of very different cultures but also the similarities between them, and about the love of family.
    Dannielle A Super Reviewer
  • Oct 17, 2008
    I thougt this movie was just weird.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Dec 13, 2007
    Excellent! Very intriguing. This movie was definitely worth sitting down and watching for.
    Leo L Super Reviewer

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