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  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    In the year's richest, most complex and ultimately most heartbreaking film, Inarritu invites us to get past the babble of modern civilization and start listening to each other. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It's a film of unquestioned visual artistry, and the filmmakers' empathy and human understanding are apparent moment to moment, scene by scene. But despite sensitive performances, it's an experiment that fizzles. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Babel may be the most ambitious movie of the year, tackling towering communication barriers, global politics and cultural divides in a structurally complex and fascinating narrative. show more

  • 40
    Wall Street Journal

    The ultimate poor judgment: the decision to put Babel before the camera. That defies comprehension in any language. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    I was shaken, but not stirred, by Babel, a globalist melodrama that careens from Morocco to Mexico like a revved-up "Crash." show more

  • 88
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    A powerful movie that should win all the year's ensemble acting awards. Pitt has never done better dramatic work, Blanchett is as convincing as always, and - in introducing themselves to American audiences - veteran Mexican actress Barraza and Japan's Kikuchi are revelations. show more

  • 90
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    The filmmakers succeed brilliantly in weaving these stories together, taking time to explore depth of character and relationships. The suspense builds throughout as everyone involved becomes lost in a place they don't understand with people they don't know if they can trust. show more

  • 100
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    This is a serious movie overflowing with memorable acting, unforgettable images, searing tragedy, unexpected humor and an eloquent plea for international understanding. And while it's by no stretch of imagination light entertainment, it's fundamentally a more optimistic work than either "Amores Perros" or "21 Grams." show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    It's a powerhouse, demanding film that sometimes stretches the limits of credibility. But it's done with such consistent technical brilliance--and with such a first-rate cast and company. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Its complex (yet not mystifying) storytelling, forceful character development, and superb cinematography make this a candidate for one of 2006's best offerings. show more

  • March 27, 2011 HVIRI
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    Disgusting movie. Especially the Japanese part. Honestly, is it necessary to show that kind of ignorance and stupidity in a movie.?

  • June 30, 2010 drarthurwells
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    Excellent film. Three stores are interconnected - not by interaction but by association - so they serve as three separate stories. Well done and entertaining.

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