Metascore
26

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 15
  2. Negative: 10 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    63
    Rich with atmosphere but too similar to films ranging from "Children of Men" to "Doomsday" to carve out its own distinctive niche.
  2. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    50
    If nothing else, it's nice to see an action movie that takes Europe, not America, as its grounding point.
  3. Reviewed by: James Dyer
    40
    Brawny but brainless techno-twaddle.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    40
    This is not a terrible movie, but it's too familiar by half and too confusing by a third.
  5. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    40
    A noisier, costlier version of "Children of Men," yet lacking that film's social-political significance and jaw-dropping direction.
  6. 38
    The lackluster acting and horrendous dialogue don't help.
  7. Reviewed by: Jason Anderson
    38
    The storyline is a sinkhole that swallows up any sense and suspense.
  8. Reviewed by: Adam Markovitz
    33
    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.
  9. 33
    As long it sticks to that chase, Babylon A.D. remains a sub-passable lead-footed action film with neat scenery.
  10. 30
    It's not a great action dust-up by any means.
  11. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    25
    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.
  12. The plot makes absolutely no sense.
  13. Reviewed by: Felix Vasques Jr.
    20
    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.
  14. 20
    Our judgments, in any case, may be superfluous, since the director, Mathieu Kassovitz, has already publicly described it as "pure violence and stupidity."
  15. A towering heap of nihilistic nonsense that plays like a cornball "Children of God."
User Score
4.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 95 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 43
  2. Negative: 18 out of 43
  1. ZarghevI
    May 3, 2009
    8
    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
    9
    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. Aug 25, 2014
    7
    If you like action and Vin Diesel, then this is a movie for you. There are some impressive stunts (though nothing very original), explosions, guns, and fast fights.

    While there's a lot to see, the plot, while existing, is a little shady. Perhaps for those who have read the book this movie is based on understand it a bit better, I don't know.

    Either way, while I liked this one, and found it entertaining and no doubt worth another watch too, it is still lacking something. The plot isn't solid enough, not sharp enough. The changes of personality, especially Thoorop's, come a little fast, slightly unexplained although you can see where they are coming from.

    A cool movie, nonetheless, with some cruelty and questioning of morals.
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