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Babies [2010]


A documentary journey through the lives of four babies as they experience their first year. The children are Ponijao, who lives with her family near Opuwo, Namibia, Bayarjargal, who lives with his family in Mongolia, Mari, who lives with her family in Tokyo, Japan, and Hattie, who lives with her family stateside in San Francisco. Directed by Thomas Balmès. [1:19 - PG]


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"Observant and funny and thoughtful too, powered exclusively by vérité footage without a word of narration, Babies is William Blake’s Infant Joy brought to rich cinematic life."

- Rick Groen

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"The film habitually sidesteps any investigating of issues brought up by the diversity of the children’s circumstances. Babies is barely more insightful than your average Flickr photo gallery or home movie clip: it’s just infant porn for prospective parents."

- Nick Schager



Rick Groen | The Globe and Mail
Shawn Levy | Portland Oregonian
Claudia Puig | USA Today
Mike Scott | New Orleans Times-Picayune
Peter Rainer | Christian Science Monitor
Amy Nicholson | Boxoffice Magazine
Peter Hartlaub | San Francisco Chronicle
Steve Persall | St. Petersburg Times
Owen Gleiberman | Entertainment Weekly
Roger Ebert | Chicago Sun-Times
Connie Ogle | Miami Herald
Steven Rea | Philadelphia Inquirer
Ann Hornaday | Washington Post
Wesley Morris | Boston Globe
A.O. Scott | The New York Times
Betsy Sharkey | Los Angeles Times
Sheri Linden | Hollywood Reporter
Loewenstein | Variety
David Denby | The New Yorker
Stephanie Zacharek | Movieline
Joe Williams | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Michael Phillips | Chicago Tribune
Roger Moore | Orlando Sentinel
Bill Goodykoontz | Arizona Republic
Dana Stevens | Slate
David Edelstein | New York Magazine
Elizabeth Weitzman | New York Daily News
Andrea Gronvall | Chicago Reader
Dan Kois | Village Voice
Scott Tobias | Onion AV Club
Marjorie Baumgarten | Austin Chronicle
Kyle Smith | New York Post
Nick Schager | Time Out New York

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