145 mins
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Babel | Ratings & Reviews

"Effectively building dread and emotional tension as tragic incidents triggered by human stupidity and carelessness steadily multiply, this film, like "21 Grams" in particular, employs a deterministically grim mindset in the cause of its philosophical aspirations, but is gripping nearly all the way..."


"In the end Babel, like that tower in the book of Genesis, is a grand wreck, an incomplete monument to its own limitless ambition. But it is there, on the landscape, a startling and imposing reality. It's a folly, and also, perversely, a wonder..."

The New York TimesThe New York Times

"The story of the Tower of Babel turns up in Hebrew and Muslim texts, as well as the Bible, but the basic gist is that men tried to build a stairway to heaven and God subverted them by giving them different languages. They could no longer understand each other, so the whole construction fell apart..."

Sydney Morning HeraldSydney Morning Herald

"It's a film of unquestioned visual artistry, and the filmmakers' empathy and human understanding are apparent moment to moment, scene by scene. But despite sensitive performances, it's an experiment that fizzles..."

San Francisco ChronicleSan Francisco Chronicle

"In the year's richest, most complex and ultimately most heartbreaking film, Inarritu invites us to get past the babble of modern civilization and start listening to each other..."

Rolling StoneRolling Stone

"There are some truly heartfelt moments in this film, with Inarritu using tragedy as a catalyst for most of these characters to reconnect to each other. However, there is also a pervading sense of gloom as Babel illustrates how significant the barriers created by language can be..."

New Zealand HeraldNew Zealand Herald

"The filmmakers succeed brilliantly in weaving these stories together, taking time to explore depth of character and relationships. The suspense builds throughout as everyone involved becomes lost in a place they don't understand with people they don't know if they can trust..."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

Babel | Details

Award winner
Winner of Best Picture, Golden Globes 2007. Winner of Best Director, Cannes Film Festival 2006.
Drama, Thriller
Country of origin
USA, Mexico

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