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A young pig fights convention to become a sheep dog -- or, rather, sheep pig -- in this charming Australian family film, which became an unexpected international success due to superior special effects and an intelligent script. The title refers to the name bestowed on a piglet soon after his separation from his family, when he finds himself on a strange farm. Confused and sad, Babe is adopted by a friendly dog and slowly adjusts to his new home. Discovering that the fate of most pigs is the dinner table, Babe devotes himself to becoming a useful member of the farm by trying to learn how to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Babe is not, strictly speaking, a kid's movie. It is a preposterously funny fable that strikes a chord with adults, too."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"[It's] a comedy of animal manners that is much funnier and much cannier than any recent movie about human relationships: a lovely, stubbornly idiosyncratic fable of aspiration and survival."
‑ Terrence Rafferty, New Yorker
"The hero of the children's movie Babe is probably the summer's most likable character -- a pig so appealing he may have your family swearing off hot dogs."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"The movie is at times raucous, but its spirits couldn't be higher, and the tale teaches a good-natured lesson about why cooperation is better than coercion."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"This reviewer for one, hasn't been able to face a pork chop in the months since, and is still laughing at the vibrant joyousness of this delicious comic fable."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"For children, the movie will play like a storybook come to life. Adults, at first, will marvel at the special effects and puppetry. But ultimately, they'll be won over by the nuances of a story that finds a fresh way to deliver a timeless message."
‑ Gary Dretzka, Chicago Tribune
"It has a surprising charm."
‑ Jack Kroll, Newsweek
"The plot provides a worthy lesson for kids, but it plays out like George Orwell's Animal Farm as retold by Barney. Kinda weird."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"Heartwarming farm story touching and a bit scary."
‑ M. Faust, Common Sense Media
"It's enough to turn you vegetarian."
‑ , Film4
"A film that is exceptional in its technical effects and its graceful ability to entertain."
‑ Doug Thomas, Seattle Times
"Australian director Chris Noonan and producer George Miller show what real talent and imagination can do, even without big-name humans as costars."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"It's a delight from start to finish that will captivate children and melt the heart of even the grumpiest adult."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
"Every movie for children should be made with this much care, expressing this much unparalleled richness and beauty"
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Babe provides a stunning revisionist take on barnyard politics, and may change the whole way we view pigs politically."
‑ Jay Hardwig, Austin Chronicle
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