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October Baby

Stunned and angered by the truth of her birth, college freshman Hannah sets out on a spring break road trip with her best friend Jason and a band of misfits to discover who she is, where she came from and where she will go from here.
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Netflix Rating: 4.2
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 22%
Critics' score: 22   Audience score: 84   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

"October Baby" looks and feels like a Lifetime movie waiting not to happen. full review

Mark Feeney, Boston Globe

The odds that this has happened in the real world approach those of being struck by lightning and eaten by a shark at the same time. With a winning lottery ticket tucked in your swimsuit. full review

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com

Timed to come out in the middle of a political dogfight over birth control, when candidates tell their supporters that they'll "get rid of Planned Parenthood," October Baby could have hot-button appeal for a certain audience. full review

Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service

[An] earnest, faith-based drama, which lacks sufficient entertainment value to make its message go down more palatably. full review

Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

"October Baby" doesn't even meet the standards of decent propaganda. It is, in fact, indecent propaganda. full review

Tom Long, Detroit News

"October Baby" may be well-intentioned, but it's as obvious and inert as a spoonful of mashed potatoes. full review

Kyle Smith, New York Post

Extended scenes are dominated by heavy dialogue, while the lighter moments are relegated to montages of prancing across a beach, for example, which simply aren't that effective at buoying the drama. full review

Stephanie Merry, Washington Post

Like the bloodied placards brandished by demonstrators outside women's health clinics, the film communicates in the language of guilt and fear. full review

Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

The closer Hannah gets to her goal, the more insistent the sermonizing becomes. By the time she confronts the woman who rejected her (a careerist lawyer), we are neck-deep in Lifetime TV bathos. full review

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

A film whose poignancy is hard to deny whatever side of the abortion debate you fall on. full review

Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

Directors Andrew and Jon Erwin, who also contributed to the story, rarely let their film get didactic, instead going for a more low-key approach. full review

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

Newcomer Rachel Hendrix grabs attention and sustains sympathy as a lovely yet troubled 19-year-old student determined to unlock the secrets of her past. full review

Joe Leydon, Variety

The film as a whole is amateurish and ungainly, can't find a consistent tone, is too long, is overladen with music that tries to paraphrase the story and is photographed with too many beauty shots that slow the progress. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

A slick piece of pro-life propaganda, it has relatively luxe production values, painfully earnest performances, and a drippy "inspirational" score. full review

Michelle Orange, Village Voice
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  • Release Year: 2011
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 104 min
  • Available From: Jan 13, 2013
  • Queued by: 972 people
Directed By
Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin
Cast
Rachel Hendrix, Jason Burkey, Jasmine Guy, John Schneider, Shari Wiedmann, Tracy Miller, Lance E. Nichols
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