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8,028 Ratings


United States, France, 2006


A single gun serves as the catalyst for four interlocking tales of despair set across the globe in the countries of Morocco, Japan, Mexico, and the United States.

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Babel Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2006 | 3 wins including: Best Director

Academy Awards

2007 | Winner: Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score

2007 | 6 nominations including: Best Motion Picture of the Year

Critics reviews

Ultimately, Babel falls back on thematic clichés – such as female victimization and cultural Othering – in order to help viewers decipher the storyline’s elusive meaning. This kind of social legibility undermines the film’s potential for destabilizing mainstream cinematic codes and ideologies. Nonetheless, Babel provides a useful case study in examining how far artistic innovation can push the boundaries of mainstream cinema without jeopardizing the prospect of commercial success.
January 01, 2008
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What are people saying?

  • Altair D.T's rating of the film Babel

    Una serie de historias fascinantes en las que Iñárritu tiene el poder de llevarnos en segundos de Japón a Mexico, a Estados Unidos o a Marruecos, todo por medio de un destacado montaje cinematográfico. Babel es una visión del mundo a través de cuatro culturas con una crítica centralizada en la inmigración ilegal, las decisiones políticas erroneas y la violencia generalizada.

  • Endless Eye's rating of the film Babel

    Babel. Not Inarritu's best. While I found myself very invested in the film from the beginning thanks to some wonderful cinematography, good acting, and intriguing interweaving of stories, quickly the interconnections become a stretch and seem more like a crutch to the film rather than something which really moves it forward. Still, a film with some merit, and an imaginative basis for telling a story. 3 stars.

  • Harry Rossi's rating of the film Babel

    Absolutely loved it. I found the film extremely tragic, beautiful, and constantly compelling without one boring moment (which is a very difficult thing to do). The cinematography was unbelievable and the performances all astounding. I loved the scope of the film and was incredibly moved by its message. If I had one complaint it would be that it should have been 20 minutes longer. Iñárritu is a superb talent.

  • Zachary T.'s rating of the film Babel

    While sadly overlooked due to occasional contrivances and a decidedly, unwaveringly serious tone, "Babel" is a masterpiece. The sensitive, interconnected, multinational and bilingual storyline flows effortlessly and is indeed one of the most ambitious things Iñárritu has ever done.

  • Rio Johan's rating of the film Babel

    My friends mock me for hating this. Seriously? This is a stupid film. Why the husband persisted on holding the bus while he almost have no help at the remote place. And shit, he prefer putting his wife at some dusty home like that, being treated in a medieval way. And for god sake, they can send the police for the teenage shooters, but can't send any fucking help for the victim. Stupid.

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Babel

    As its title says it Babel is a film about incomprehension. In this extended metaphor, Iñárritu gives endless examples to make his point. Either you love it, either you hate it.

  • ULA ZUHRA's rating of the film Babel

    Seriously guys? I thought this film was amazing, maybe its just my boner for entwined life stories but I thought everything was wonderful.

  • FISCHER's rating of the film Babel

    Sur le thème de la théorie du chaos, (la moindre variation en un lieu quelconque de la planète entraîne des effets considérables. C’est ce que l’on appelle "l’effet papillon" : un battement d’aile de papillon à Pékin peut provoquer un léger souffle qui, de proche en proche, donnera naissance à un ouragan sur la Californie) le cinéaste "exemplarise" l'affirmation scientifique aux relations humaines.

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