Casa de los Babys Reviews

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October 17, 2003
Each woman is a cardboard cutout, and the talented actresses here seem boxed in by their roles.
October 16, 2003
A raw slice of life that goes beyond the obvious external issues.
October 10, 2003
It is a story without a story, helpless and wandering, enjoyable for its parts but failing as a whole.
October 10, 2003
If most of the characters seem underdeveloped, they are also convincing and interesting.
October 3, 2003
Sayles, a rare screenwriter who consistently creates thoughtful roles for grown-up women, has outdone himself here.
October 3, 2003
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.
October 3, 2003
[Sayles] does more showing than his usual telling, without forsaking his interest in people and the histories and societies that have created their problems.
October 3, 2003
If Casa de los Babys isn't necessarily a fully realized film, it's still a deeply felt glimpse into dizzyingly complex political and psychological forces that shape the most crucial decisions of a woman's life.
October 3, 2003
For all his patient, accumulative storytelling, Sayles yields little that doesn't feel trite or overly schematic.
October 3, 2003
Sayles sees like a documentarian, showing us the women, listening to their stories, inviting us to share their hopes and fears and speculate about their motives.
October 2, 2003
A powerfully written, well-acted movie that tackles an unusual and compelling subject.
October 2, 2003
[Sayles] concentrates on the six tiresome Americans ... at the expense of their Latin hosts who, to a one, are much much more interesting and worthy of our time.
October 2, 2003
A stirring exploration of the overwhelming desire for motherhood, the whims of fate, clashing cultures and what happens when exporting children becomes part of a country's economy.
October 2, 2003
[Casa de los Babys] wanders and stumbles in search of a center, but it finds plenty of goods along the way.
October 2, 2003
It is a movie of remarkable performances.
October 2, 2003
Eschewing all sentiment, avoiding all pathos, keeping his film and most of the women hard as nails, [Sayles] manages to tell a compelling story.
September 26, 2003
In this single film, [Sayles] includes more vividly drawn female characters than I've seen in a year's worth of major releases.
September 26, 2003
I spent most of the 95-minute running time of Casa trying to distinguish between some of the actresses from my previous image of them.
September 26, 2003
Its greatest achievement is to insist that we, the relatively lucky, do what fear and pride seldom allow us to do -- to venture back to life's opening scene, respinning the wheel and replaying the lottery.
September 25, 2003
The film feels more like a thesis than vivid drama.
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