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, 2006-11-10
The experience of watching Babel is undeniably riveting: Even if the film doesn't really lead anywhere, you still can't take your eyes off it.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald, 2006-11-10
True to its title, Babel hinges on missed and faulty communications of both the personal and the cultural variety. It's a sweeping movie about characters who often suffer from tunnel vision.
Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News, 2006-11-10
Babel is the masterful third installment in this trilogy of truth and consequence.
Michael Booth, Denver Post, 2006-11-10
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, 2006-11-10
One of the most challenging and saddest movies of the year -- and also one of the most memorable.
Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times, 2006-11-09
[Babel] is, in short, one of the year's best movies.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post, 2006-11-09
The film is something to see. But despite the dynamism of all those individual moments, Babel looks like an empty edifice.
Tom Keogh, Seattle Times, 2006-11-03
I was shaken, but not stirred.
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2006-11-03
Something of a one-note film, albeit a beautifully played note.
Tom Long, Detroit News, 2006-11-03
Individually, the stories are beautifully shot, intimately acted and usually engrossing.
Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News, 2006-11-03
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's latest sprawling, dispersed art-film blockbuster prompts a question: Does he just not know how to tell a story?
Mark Holcomb, Time Out, 2007-02-03
If misery is your pornography, Babel is your holy grail.
Dave Calhoun, Time Out, 2007-01-16
[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, 2006-11-10
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, 2006-11-09
Good intentions don't always make good movies. And this one simply wasn't worth their effort.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2006-11-09
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, 2006-11-04
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, 2006-11-03
In the end, a film of profound ambition is unmasked as one without real purpose, a misguided attempt to make a serious, important statement despite having nothing, really, to say.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2006-11-03
An extension and expansion of 21 Grams in every way, and this time proves too much of a mystical thing.
Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press, 2006-11-03