Baby Boy

Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    An easy movie to pick apart, but it lives, breathes and switches moods from humor to despair better than any American release this year.
  2. 88
    Now Singleton, too, dares to take a hard look at his community. His characters are a little older, and he is older, too, and less forgiving.
  3. Jody's story is told with so much heart -- and his character is acted with such a winning combination of playfulness, vulnerability and sexual dynamism by Mr. Gibson -- that you can forgive the occasionally incoherent storytelling, the overwrought moments and the haphazard, unconvincing excursions into dream and fantasy.
  4. 80
    Lacks the cumulative impact of "Boyz," since Singleton allows repetition and sermonizing to dull his theme about the infantilization of black males. But Baby Boy leaves you shaken.
  5. 75
    Raunchy, provocative and often very funny.
  6. 75
    Sometimes gets repetitive and is slightly overlong. But it's got solid performances.
  7. What holds the movie together, however, is Gibson's broodingly responsive performance.
  8. Kicks off the Oedipus theme that gallops through the story.
  9. A movie that will act like a smack in the face to some audiences, while others may simply laugh in recognition.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jan 26, 2012
    6
    I enjoyed this movie, it is a decent urban drama. At times it can be tedious and repetitive, and it fails to stand up to its own potential,I enjoyed this movie, it is a decent urban drama. At times it can be tedious and repetitive, and it fails to stand up to its own potential, but its saved by solid acting and a realistic structure. Full Review »