Babies (2010) - Rotten Tomatoes


Babies (2010)



Critic Consensus: Babies is a joyous celebration of humankind that's loaded with adorable images, but it lacks insight and depth.

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Re-defining the nonfiction art form, Babies joyfully captures on film the earliest stages of the journey of humanity that are at once unique and universal to us all. The film simultaneously follows four babies around the world -- from birth to first steps. The children are, in order of on-screen introduction: Ponijao, who lives with her family near Opuwo, Namibia; Bayarjargal, who resides with his family in Mongolia, near Bayanchandmani; Mari, who lives with her family in Tokyo, Japan; and Hattie, who resides with her in San Francisco, Calif.

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Critic Reviews for Babies

All Critics (117) | Top Critics (44)

The kids are absolutely charming, and each scene is beautifully shot. But there is no narrative thread, and the minimal social observations are blindingly obvious.

April 27, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A simple idea, but very nicely done by French documentarian Thomas Balmès.

March 3, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

For all the care put into its images, Babies is startling unreflective, a series of elegantly shot drive-bys devoid of insight or empathy.

May 11, 2010 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

The movie is pleasing -- who doesn't love gurgling babies? -- but as anodyne as a series of episodes from America's Funniest Home Videos.

May 10, 2010 | Full Review…

Presents itself as an ethnographic meditation on the first year of life but is better approached as an "oooooh" and "awww" fest...

May 10, 2010 | Full Review…

Who needs heavy analysis when all you want is a cute fix?

May 7, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

An experience akin to staring at an aquarium for 80 minutes and observing the fishes in their habitat - which can be something interesting in the case of babies from different cultures, only not for so long. But still, babies are so cute and adorable that they make it worth it.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Everybody loves... Good documentary! The film, stands on its own as a joyous celebration of the first year of life for four youngsters in different parts of the world. Filmed without narration, subtitles, or any comprehensible dialogue, Babies is a direct encounter with four babies who stumble their predictable ways to participating in the awesome beauty of life.Needless to say, their experience of the first year of life is vastly different, yet what stands out is not how much is different but how much is universal as each in their own way attempts to conquer their physical environment.Though the language is different as well as the environment, the babies cry the same, laugh the same, and try to learn the frustrating, yet satisfying art of crawling, then walking in the same way.You will either find Babies entrancing or slow moving depending on your attitude towards babies because frankly that's all there is, yet for all it will be an immediate experience far removed from the world of cell phones and texting, exploring up close and personal the mystery of life as the individual personality of each child begins to emerge. This documentary is not for everyone, I work with kids in these ages so I loved it. Everybody loves...'Babies'. This visually stunning new movie simultaneously follows four babies around the world - from first breath to first steps. From Mongolia to Namibia to San Francisco to Tokyo, 'Babies' joyfully captures on film the earliest stages of the journey of humanity that are at once unique and universal to us all.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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