“A Heavy Drama Movie.”
“Arrogance And Ignorance Will Always Be Our Downfall!”
“I Didnt Like It That Much”
“Lack Of Listening Destroys Everything.”
“A Disappointment For Two Performances That Should Have Stood Out. Brad Pitt And Cate Blanchett Stand Out, But Only Too Briefly. Four Storylines That Interlink Only Slightly, With One Not Needed At All.”
“Babel Is Compelling Filmmaking About Isolation & How Our Cultural Barriers Create Conflict And Friction In The World”
Unflappable desert village life, pulsing Tokyo teen culture, and a vibrant Mexican wedding are treated with reverence and delight, in unsubtle contrast to depictions of people lost in cultural wildernesses.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Babel possesses unusual aesthetic force, even if it does not seem to be tethered to any coherent idea or narrative logic.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Well acted and handsomely photographed, but still extraordinarily overpraised and overblown, a middlebrow piece of near-nonsense: the kind of self-conscious arthouse cinema that is custom-tailored and machine-tooled for the dinner-party demographic.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
How Inarritu and screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga seamlessly link these four stories makes for an unconventional film experience that is weighty, thought-provoking and riveting.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
It's pretty -- oh, what's the word? -- stupid in its dramatization of the silly little connections that unite us, and it's somewhat selective in its choice of them.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
For a movie that insists on the truth of humanity's mutual dependency, Babel feels disconnected from anything but its own artistic determinism.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Time perhaps scrambling it's for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu to stop his narratives.
Jim Ridley - Village Voice
...A powerful movie that should win all the year's ensemble acting awards.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
The ultimate poor judgment: the decision to put Babel before the camera. That defies comprehension in any language.
Joanne Kaufman - Wall Street Journal
[Inarritu] remains as entranced as ever by fate, loss and the interconnectedness of humankind, and I admire him for it. But Babel isn't the last or best word on that subject. It's just a lot of talk.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
Individually, the stories are beautifully shot, intimately acted and usually engrossing.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
Babel is the masterful third installment in this trilogy of truth and consequence.
Michael Booth - Denver Post
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
Inarritu has enough talent to shake up conventional moviemaking. But he still hasn't figured out how to use it.
David Denby - New Yorker
One of the most challenging and saddest movies of the year -- and also one of the most memorable.
Richard Roeper - Chicago Sun-Times
It sweeps you along in a tide of cinematic energy and high-voltage drama.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
The filmmakers don't seem to understand or care much about many of these people, but they use them to unload ideas about violence, communication, and tribal misunderstandings -- trading on suffering as they aim for cosmic wisdom.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
I was shaken, but not stirred.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
The director interweaves his stories like a symphonic composer, teasing out suspense here, adding foreboding there, bringing in a surge of crushing pathos, but then providing a blessed note of hope and reconciliation.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Something of a one-note film, albeit a beautifully played note.
Tom Long - Detroit News
As each story comes to its conclusion, some characters rise above, while others are crushed under the weight of the day's events. The tales are equal parts miracle and tragedy. And that's often what life is, which makes Babel ring true.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
The terrorizing of two sets of children a continent apart may strike some viewers -- and does strike this viewer -- as unduly manipulative.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
Babel is a brilliant, profound and devastating film that explores the dangers and consequences of what can happen when words fail, communication ceases and all you've got left are feelings. Babel is a masterpiece.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
... gripping nearly all the way.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
[Babel] is, in short, one of the year's best movies.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
It's a great film made with style and heart and hope, a cautionary parable and an almost certain Oscar contender.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Babel is supposed to be a cry of humanist anguish that echoes -- in four languages -- around the world. Why does it feel as much like an elaborate game of middlebrow post-millennial Clue?
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
Ambitious and absorbing for nearly all its 2 1/2-hour running time.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
The problem with Babel isn't that it's a bad movie. It's a good movie, or, more accurately, it's several pieces of good movie, chopped up in service of a pretentious, portentous and slightly silly artistic vision.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Makes Crash, another recent film with converging stories and a multicultural cast, look like an undergraduate term paper on race relations.
Dana Stevens - Slate
Its complex (yet not mystifying) storytelling, forceful character development, and superb cinematography make this a candidate for one of 2006's best offerings.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
This is not a fear-mongering movie, but it is unpredictable and shocking, with compassion hanging on for dear life.
Ray Bennett - Hollywood Reporter
When [Inarritu] aims at making any sort of large, loud statement, what mostly comes out is noise. In silence, though, he speaks volumes.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
The actors -- including [Gonzalez Inarritu's] two big stars -- are all wonderfully real, seemingly as surprised by the depths and dangers of their circumstances and emotions as we are.
Richard Schickel - TIME Magazine
The year's richest, most complex and ultimately most heartbreaking film.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
The film explores the ways in which cultural assumptions and biases tend to obscure reality even when reality is plain, and the way our perceived differences keep us from finding a human connection to one other.
Carina Chocano - Los Angeles Times
Heather Huntington - ReelzChannel.com
Babel is a beautifully depressing film about responsibility, redemption, and ultimately that there are consequences to people's actions, regardless of who they are and where they live.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
The gimmick-machinery whirrs, but the human beings in it can't breath
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
Director Alejandro González Iñárritu and writer Guillermo Arriaga have fashioned their ideas with conviction and obvious care.
S. James Wegg - JWR
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Brian Marder - Hollywood.com
Bob Mondello - NPR.org
Jonathan Kiefer - Sacramento News & Review
Babel...belongs to an unfortunately proliferating genre that might be called the higher kitsch.
Thomas Peyser - Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
...language acts more as a means to distance and isolate us than aid in our understanding of one another.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
A lumbering, stitched-together mess.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Babel directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is one of the most compelling films to date.
Moira Sullivan - Movie Magazine International