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  • Summary: A poignant, sharp, insightful look at clashing cultures, modern maternity and the mystery of fate. (IFC Films)
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  1. John Sayles's heartrending new film is a many-splendoured thing.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Babys is intellectually stimulating and emotionally stirring, a rare combination these days, though hardly unusual for writer/director John Sayles.
  3. Marcia Gay Harden is an angry vulgarian who steals shampoo off the maids' carts and bribes a lawyer to get her baby. Sayles may not have planned it this way, but Harden makes crassness as powerful as any maternal instinct.
  4. 60
    As usual, Sayles's dialogue scenes are as shapely as blown glass, but none of the characters' predicaments has been adequately explored, much less resolved, when the final freeze-frame arrives.
  5. Reviewed by: David Ng
    The screenplay's clutchy banter (interspersed with arias of teary confession) feels distinctly Oprah, but Sayles extracts unexpected life from his wooden setups.
  6. A creeping equanimity is taking over the work of John Sayles, a quality that in personal terms might be wise and coolheaded but in terms of drama is absolute death.
  7. For all his patient, accumulative storytelling, Sayles yields little that doesn't feel trite or overly schematic.

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