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About the Movie

Experience joy and happiness at its purest in this life-affirming, universal celebration of the magic and innocence of babies. Proving that if you surround your baby with love, it doesn't matter what culture you're from or what child-rearing practices you follow. Babies travels the globe following four children from vastly different corners of the world - Ponijao from Namibia, Bayarjargal from Mongolia, Mari from Tokyo and Hattie from San Francisco. Sure to put a smile on your face and a warm feeling in your heart, it's the film that critics and audiences agree "could be the feel-good movie of the decade!" (Moviefone)

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 109
  • Fresh: 74
  • Rotten: 35
  • Average Rating: 6.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Might restore your faith in our perplexing, peculiar and stubbornly lovable species. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The film's message is loving and clear: we all created equal, even if some of us have better access to diapers. – Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The photography is stunning, and Bruno Coulais' music adds just the right soundtrack to this intriguing visual diary. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: The cry of a baby is ruthlessly, evolutionarily designed to be one of the most irritating sounds on Earth. So why would you want to hear it (many times) on massive movie theater speakers? – Kyle Smith, New York Post, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


I haven't seen this movie, but the little ad thing that iTunes had for it said "Rent or Own 'Babies'" and I was like WHAT YOU CAN RENT A BABY


The film was refreshing an cute:) I found the lack of dialogue made the film completely objective. No narrator telling you how to take in the information. It was up to the viewer to follow along and catch onto certain parts. This way, each person gets something different out of the film. I really enjoyed it, and would recommend it to any mother-to-be

Relax & Enjoy This Gift To Your Senses

This movie does not contain a lot of dialogue. Instead it focuses on expansive views, letting the viewer truly see how things are done around the world and the beauty and mystery that is contained in the tiny human that we all once were. The quietness allows one to think and appreciate much in the way an art gallery does not blare music. However the movie is not boring! At times I was moved to tears and others I was laughing delightedly.

I would have no qualms about sharing this film with family or children but other viewers might feel differently about the nudity etc. It would depend on what cultures or views you felt comfortable exposing your children to or wanted to discuss with them.

The movie also contains a very subtle, perhaps even accidental but beautiful statement on materialism and how much "stuff" is needed to be happy.

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