'Babel' reviewed | The Moviegoer

Thursday, November 9, 2006

'Babel' reviewed

Posted By on Thu, Nov 9, 2006 at 5:21 PM

Carina Chocano, L.A. Times
The beauty of this film is in its lapidary details, which sparkle with feeling and surprise. González Iñárritu and Arriaga, both Mexican (González Iñárritu now resides with his family in the United States), are particularly attuned to the vulnerability of the foreigner abroad — whether that vulnerability is real or imagined.

David Denby, New Yorker
It remains to be said that Brad Pitt gives a good performance as the distraught husband; the trials of the girl in Tokyo (Rinko Kikuchi), desperate for the embrace of a man, are carried off with the utmost boldness, delicacy, and understanding; and the entire movie looks magnificent—the neon nightscapes in Japan and the brownish mountain wastes of Morocco, too. Iñárritu has enough talent to shake up conventional moviemaking. But he still hasn’t figured out how to use it.

David Edelstein, New York Magazine
In their last collaboration, 21 Grams, the director Alejandro González Iñárritu and screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga did syntactical acrobatics to disguise what a dreary and exploitive little soap opera they’d made. Their new movie, Babel, is more mysterious and less coherent.



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