Baby Boy
Baby Boy (2001)

Ten years later, writer and director John Singleton returns to the South Central Los Angeles neighborhoods of his debut film Boyz 'N the Hood (1991). Tyrese Gibson stars as Jody, a jobless 20-year-old African-American man who has… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 27, 2001
DVD Release Date: November 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Preachy and repetitive in parts, Baby Boy still manages to exude authenticity, thanks to its competent cast.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The characters are so full-bodied and the feelings so raw and complex that I'd call this the best thing John Singleton has done to date

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Mary Elizabeth Williams

[Jody's] lessons on growing up and moving on never ring more than halfhearted and false.

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Cole Smithey

The film is a bold examination of an aspect of African American life. There's no shortage of sex, violence, or urban realism.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

I felt myself drawn into a vortex of raw emotion from which I could not escape.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

What holds the movie together ... is Gibson's broodingly responsive performance.

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Emanuel Levy

This is yet another coming-of-age tale except that the hero is not a teenager but a young man who goes out of his way to be macho but really is a mama boy.

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David Edelstein

One of the most entertaining African-American comedies of manners ever made.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Pootie Tang this ain't.

Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic

Recommended mainly to the more devoted Singleton fans, Baby Boy is pretty strong evidence of a filmmaker who still has plenty to say.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Conner Rainwater
I can't really rate this accurately because I still have no idea if it was supposed to be an accurate depiction or mockery of the ghetto life. I'm… More
James Alvarez
Baby Boy is as if you got Boyz N Da Hood and decided that it should be more like Tales from the Hood and then throw in some diologue from Soul Plane. A horrible… More
Khris N
Though not quite up to the standards of Boyz n the Hood, Baby Boy does take us back to the ghetto, but what Boyz n the Hood set out to define the ghetto life,… More
Sean Gillespie
Ving Rames banging this guys mom hopping through the house...priceless.
Tim Sigur
Singleton has officially lost it.
Lee Kyle
i thought snoop was hilarious in this, he can play an asshole with the best of them