Baby Boy

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  • Summary: Ten years after "Boyz N the Hood," writer and director John Singleton returns to the same inner-city L.A. neighborhood and its complex social and political issues for the story of Jody (Gibson), a misguided, 20-year-old African-American who is really just a "baby boy" finally forced-kickingTen years after "Boyz N the Hood," writer and director John Singleton returns to the same inner-city L.A. neighborhood and its complex social and political issues for the story of Jody (Gibson), a misguided, 20-year-old African-American who is really just a "baby boy" finally forced-kicking and screaming -- to face the commitments of real life. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  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. 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.
  3. What holds the movie together, however, is Gibson's broodingly responsive performance.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    Superbly acted by everyone involved (Rhames does his best work since "Pulp Fiction"), the film is really more about character than plot, though frankly, at more than two hours, it could have used a bit more of the latter.
  5. It would have been enough that Singleton raise these difficult questions without trying to wrap them up, too, in the last five minutes.
  6. Despite the audience pandering -- not just in its violence, but in its wall-to-wall sexual vulgarity -- there are terrific elements in Baby Boy.
  7. 20
    A preachy, monotonous failure hyped as a follow-up to his incendiary 1991 debut, "Boyz N the Hood."

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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. Expand

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