88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
John Sayles's heartrending new film is a many-splendoured thing.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Sayles seems to be trying, single-handedly, to correct centuries of First World self-centeredness in Third World contexts.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Sayles handles this material with gentle delicacy, as if aware that the issues are too fraught to be approached with simple messages.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Babys is intellectually stimulating and emotionally stirring, a rare combination these days, though hardly unusual for writer/director John Sayles.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
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.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Unlike most Sayles movies, the filmmaker no sooner introduces his memorable characters and deeply resonant themes than his From Here to Maternity melodrama abruptly ends.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The film feels more like a thesis than vivid drama.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
It's too big an ensemble to provide enough back story for each player. But Sayles doesn't give his characters easily digestible labels, like "kook" or "pathetic loser."
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30

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Casa feels like a miss. The digging into each of these women's lives stays shallow and seldom uncovers anything unexpected.
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55 out of 100
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