Babel (2006)

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… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 27, 2006
DVD Release Date: February 20, 2007
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: In Babel, there are no villains, only victims of fate and circumstance. Director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu weaves four of their woeful stories into this mature and multidimensional film.

Mark Holcomb
Time Out

Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest sprawling, dispersed art-film blockbuster prompts a question: Does he just not know how to tell a story?

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

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.

Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

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.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

If misery is your pornography, Babel is your holy grail.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

[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.

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Fernando F. Croce

The gimmick-machinery whirrs, but the human beings in it can't breath

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It's a great film made with style and heart and hope, a cautionary parable and an almost certain Oscar contender.

Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

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.

S. James Wegg

Director Alejandro González Iñárritu and writer Guillermo Arriaga have fashioned their ideas with conviction and obvious care.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
There have been many imitators since, and this is hardly the first in its style - the We-Are-All-Connected-After-All Movie - but I particularly liked Babel… More
Phil Hubbs
Well I started to watch this and at once thought...'oh no what have I done!?, this looks lame', 'I spent how much on this apparent dubbed… More
Kevin M. Williams
High concept, multiple storylines, international cast, and pretty damn good cinematography ... what could go wrong in this heavy handed "message"… More
Albert Kim
"Babel". Fitting title. The narrative has many different story arcs involving many different characters in many different settings and eventually,… More
Nicki Marie
This is one we have had lying around the house since it came out. (husband bought the DVD but never got around to watching it). Actually got a shock when i put… More
Jameson Worley
I thought this was absolutely incredible! Excellent film making in my opinion. Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu takes another multi-faceted story but this… More