Casa de los Babys

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 106


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John Sayles' Casa de los Babys tells the tale of a half-dozen American women who travel to Latin America in order to pick up their adopted children. They all stay at the same motel while they each wade through the bureaucracy. Sharing with each other their fears, hopes, dreams, and frustrations at the thoughts of becoming mothers comprises the majority of the drama in the film. The cast includes Maggie Gyllenhaal, Daryl Hannah, Marcia Gay Harden, Susan Lynch, Mary Steenburgen, Lili Taylor, and Rita Moreno.


Critic Reviews for Casa de los Babys

All Critics (106) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (61) | Rotten (45)

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

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

    Oct 16, 2003 | Rating: 4/5
  • It is a story without a story, helpless and wandering, enjoyable for its parts but failing as a whole.

    Oct 10, 2003 | Rating: C-

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • If most of the characters seem underdeveloped, they are also convincing and interesting.

    Oct 10, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Sayles, a rare screenwriter who consistently creates thoughtful roles for grown-up women, has outdone himself here.

    Oct 3, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Suggests a filmmaker whose vision has become reductive, motivated not by all-embracing interest but by an ultimately self-protective intent not to surrender to blind emotion in any form.

    Oct 3, 2003 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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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