Metascore
32

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 14
  2. Negative: 6 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Mar 22, 2012
    70
    A film whose poignancy is hard to deny whatever side of the abortion debate you fall on.
  2. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Mar 22, 2012
    60
    The filmmakers, longtime music video veterans, have delivered a technically polished production that belies the film's low budget. They've also elicited mostly strong performances.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Mar 22, 2012
    60
    Newcomer Rachel Hendrix grabs attention and sustains sympathy as a lovely yet troubled 19-year-old student determined to unlock the secrets of her past after learning the circumstances of her birth.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Mar 22, 2012
    60
    There are few issues more bitterly divisive than abortion, with emotions and rhetoric running at fever pitch. October Baby is a faith-based movie that resides staunchly in the pro-life camp. Yet directors Andrew and Jon Erwin, who also contributed to the story, rarely let their film get didactic, instead going for a more low-key approach.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Mar 23, 2012
    50
    Extended scenes are dominated by heavy dialogue, while the lighter moments are relegated to montages of prancing across a beach, for example, which simply aren't that effective at buoying the drama.
  6. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Mar 21, 2012
    50
    October Baby is being promoted as a Christian film, and it could have been an effective one. Rachel Hendrix is surprisingly capable in her first feature role, and Jasmine Guy is superb in her scene. Unfortunately, the film as a whole is amateurish and ungainly, can't find a consistent tone, is too long, is overladen with music that tries to paraphrase the story and is photographed with too many beauty shots that slow the progress.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Mar 23, 2012
    40
    With a scattered, meandering script, a stable of throwaway characters and an almost laughably drawn-out ending, it's all amounts to standard movie-of-the-week fare dressed up in Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes.
  8. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Mar 20, 2012
    40
    A slick piece of pro-life propaganda, it has relatively luxe production values, painfully earnest performances, and a drippy "inspirational" score.
  9. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Apr 12, 2012
    38
    Its anti-abortion stance aside, October Baby looks and feels like a Lifetime movie waiting not to happen.
  10. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Mar 24, 2012
    30
    That whole aspect of October Baby creeped me out a lot more than the blood-curdling failed-abortion story did, honestly. I've seen a lot of movies where crazy and impossible things happen, and you just have to roll with them. Real life is much more frightening.
  11. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mar 22, 2012
    30
    Not even a dewy heroine and a youth-friendly vibe can disguise the essential ugliness at its core: like the bloodied placards brandished by demonstrators outside women's health clinics, the film communicates in the language of guilt and fear.
  12. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Mar 23, 2012
    25
    May be well-intentioned, but it's as obvious and inert as a spoonful of mashed potatoes.
  13. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Apr 11, 2012
    20
    October Baby earns points for the originality of its protagonist but it has no chance of preaching to anyone but the choir.
  14. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Mar 21, 2012
    0
    This is no mere tale of redemption or reaffirming of faith; this is a film with an extreme agenda.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Apr 8, 2012
    10
    The target audience as pro-life, evangelicals and this flick probably nails that demographic. The movie has plastic characters and the plotThe target audience as pro-life, evangelicals and this flick probably nails that demographic. The movie has plastic characters and the plot is quite predictable. Some of the coincidences that move the plot along are laughable and unbelievable but then again if one does believe in "divine intervention..." they work. If you have been enamored with this movie, stay through the credits for a powerful testimony by one of the actors. It is one of the few highlights of the movie. The theology in the movie was not offensive to me, the pro-life stand was over the top... Full Review »
  2. Mar 27, 2012
    0
    this movie has terrible acting, poor cinematography and the writing makes me think that a group of middle school children in bible camp wrotethis movie has terrible acting, poor cinematography and the writing makes me think that a group of middle school children in bible camp wrote it. i was forced to see it by my catholic school and it was a terrible experience that honestly makes me want to go pro choice. the plot is as generic as any other movie about "finding yourself" and the main character is as flat as the wafers they give out during mass. don't waste your time on this because you don't have to be pro life and also think this movie is good. Full Review »
  3. Mar 24, 2012
    10
    The movie reviewers who dislike this movie are clearly biased. There is some legitimate criticism, but for the budget of this film, theThe movie reviewers who dislike this movie are clearly biased. There is some legitimate criticism, but for the budget of this film, the acting, cinematography, and storyline are outstanding. It is certainly a hot-button topic, but delivered in a way that truly makes you think about what it is that makes a person have dignity and rights. There is a wonderful message of genuine love and healing that only the most hard-hearted and cruel can shun. I recommend it highly, especially over the other bilge that is foisted on us as "entertainment". Full Review »