Casa de los Babys
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John Sayles' Casa de los Babys tells the tale of a half-dozen American women who travel to Latin America in order to pick up their adopted children. They all stay at the same motel while they each wade through the bureaucracy. Sharing with each other their fears, hopes, dreams, and frustrations at the thoughts of becoming mothers comprises the majority of the drama in the film. The cast includes Maggie Gyllenhaal, Daryl Hannah, Marcia Gay Harden, Susan Lynch, Mary Steenburgen, Lili Taylor, and Rita Moreno. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Each woman is a cardboard cutout, and the talented actresses here seem boxed in by their roles."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"If most of the characters seem underdeveloped, they are also convincing and interesting."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
""Casa de los Baby's" is a frustrating and tedious experience to endure."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Os poucos momentos de maior inspiração não são suficientes para fazer jus à carreira de Sayles, às belas atuações de seu elenco e tampouco ao importante tema de seu filme."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Sayles' love of and respect for the culture, and his willingness-or eagerness-to leave the viewer with more questions than answers makes Casa de los Babys superlative."
‑ Sarah Chauncey,
"A raw slice of life that goes beyond the obvious external issues."
‑ Kathy Cano Murillo, Arizona Republic
"Sayles, a rare screenwriter who consistently creates thoughtful roles for grown-up women, has outdone himself here."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Didactic rather than dramatic, and schematic rather than realistic, Sayles' femme-driven yarn, set in an anonymous place, lags behind the zeitgeist with little to say about the issue of adoption or First vs. Third World countries."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Sayles lets the befuddlements and ordinary complications of life take its course like a winding, sunlit stream."
‑ Jordan Hiller,
"The story trails off in so many directions that it's hard to follow. After a while, I just found myself losing interest."
‑ Jeff Otto, IGN Movies
"It is a story without a story, helpless and wandering, enjoyable for its parts but failing as a whole."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Suggests a filmmaker whose vision has become reductive, motivated not by all-embracing interest but by an ultimately self-protective intent not to surrender to blind emotion in any form."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"a political pamphlet not very different from others that come from left-leaning Hollywood these days"
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"John Sayles' most recent film, 2003's Casa de los Babys, exemplifies his approach to the intersection of the political and the personal."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Casa de los Babys isn't a perfect film. It ultimately seems brief and leaves too much of the women's (and children's) fates to our imagination..."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
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