Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 15
  2. Negative: 10 out of 15
  1. 38
    The lackluster acting and horrendous dialogue don't help.
  2. Reviewed by: Jason Anderson
    The storyline is a sinkhole that swallows up any sense and suspense.
  3. Reviewed by: Adam Markovitz
    When martial arts star Michelle Yeoh shows up as a pious, butt-kicking nun, you have to wonder if Kassovitz isn't accidentally cribbing from Mel Brooks, too.
  4. 33
    As long it sticks to that chase, Babylon A.D. remains a sub-passable lead-footed action film with neat scenery.
  5. 30
    It's not a great action dust-up by any means.
  6. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    When this Vin Diesel vehicle isn't pointlessly frenzied, it's narratively inert, wasting some decent production design, and a French-flavored cast primed for fun.
  7. The plot makes absolutely no sense.
  8. Reviewed by: Felix Vasques Jr.
    Wants to be three different films at one time but sadly never asks much from Diesel other than to grunt, stomp around, and reprise the role that made him a star.
  9. 20
    Our judgments, in any case, may be superfluous, since the director, Mathieu Kassovitz, has already publicly described it as "pure violence and stupidity."
  10. A towering heap of nihilistic nonsense that plays like a cornball "Children of God."
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 93 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 42
  2. Negative: 18 out of 42
  1. ZarghevI
    May 3, 2009
    I found that it's a pleasant science-fiction movie. Probably, it's cultural. I watched "Southland Tales" and "Babylon A.D." back to back - I fail to understand how "Southland Tales" could even remotely have better ratings, but for some reason it has. Every flaw you can find in Babylon, is about ten times worse in "Southland Tales". I found that interesting. Full Review »
  2. Jake
    Oct 19, 2008
    All I can say to all the negative reviews of this movie is this: There are most certainly worse movies in all aspects. While some events in the film were a bit confusing, the plot did make you think, and also left you to draw some conclusions for yourself rather than spelling everything out for you, which I find very refreshing. Additionally, I found the action to be, at worst, different, and at best, pretty cool. Full Review »
  3. Sep 24, 2013
    The storyline didn't work well for me, the girl was pretty annoying and overall the movie is really average, but there are some thing that seemed positive. The first one is very thick atmosphere of a poor, crowded and collapsing world of the future. The second one is Vin Diesel's performance, he is badass as always! Full Review »