Baby It's You
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In the early 1960s, two very different New Jersey high schoolers share their first love in this bittersweet romantic drama, an early feature by writer/director John Sayles. Jill Rosen (Rosanna Arquette) is a sweet, overachieving Jewish girl heading for college to become an actor; "Sheik" Capodilupo (Vincent Spano) is a mysterious, confident Italian guy who pushes his way into Jill's already busy life. Sheik successfully woos Jill, and the story follows their ups and downs as teenage romantics. While that introduction is lighter fare than most Sayles material, the film trails off… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Arquette and Spano hit exactly the right note."
‑ , Time Out
"Rosanna Arquette has a way about her."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Sayles's class-consciousness is telling as always, and the director is so good at creating complex, persuasive characters that one is tempted to overlook narrative weaknesses, especially in the final third of the film."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"One of John Sayles' lesser films, but Arquette and Spano are good, and Sayles manages to make an "opposites attract" story that doesn't seem stale."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"A labor of love for everyone involved."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A patchy romance but tough-minded and full of vividly smudged emotions"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"John Sayles takes on a genre movie and makes something that ends up as distinctive as his trademark ensemble films."
‑ Mark Morris, Film4
"Arquette, still green under the gills when this flick was made, doesn't light up the screen. Neither does Spano, despite being dubbed one of the "12 most promising young actors of 1983"."
‑ Oz, Hollywood Bitchslap
"As a filmmaker, Sayles still seems more likable than incisive or original, but it's a likability with a certain brilliance."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"John Sayles film is a well acted tale of doomed romance."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"An uneven teenage romantic comedy by John Sayles."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A peculiarly absorbing and sticky film, Baby, It's You is all the more so for its relative uniqueness in Sayles' oeuvre."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
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