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The tragic aftermath of human carelessness travels around the world in this multi-narrative drama from filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu. Richard (Brad Pitt) and Susan (Cate Blanchett) are a couple from the United States who have traveled to Morocco in Northern Africa on a vacation after the death of one of their children has sent Susan into a deep depression. Richard and Susan's other two children have been left in the care of Amelia (Adriana Barraza), their housekeeper. Amelia is originally from Mexico, and her oldest son is getting married in Tijuana. Unable to find someone who can… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest sprawling, dispersed art-film blockbuster prompts a question: Does he just not know how to tell a story?"
‑ Mark Holcomb, Time Out New York
"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
"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
"An ensemble cast, low-key drama, and tolerable political commentary make "Babel" a gripping success."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A lumbering, stitched-together mess."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"If misery is your pornography, Babel is your holy grail."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"[Iñárritu] 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
"The gimmick-machinery whirrs, but the human beings in it can't breath"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Babel...belongs to an unfortunately proliferating genre that might be called the higher kitsch."
‑ Thomas Peyser, Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
"Babel directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is one of the most compelling films to date."
‑ Moira Sullivan, Movie Magazine International
"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
"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
"Director Alejandro González Iñárritu and writer Guillermo Arriaga have fashioned their ideas with conviction and obvious care."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"...language acts more as a means to distance and isolate us than aid in our understanding of one another."
‑ Brandon Fibbs,
"an affecting examination of disconnected lives in an interconnected world."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
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