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United States, Hungary · 2022
3h 9m
Director Damien Chazelle
Starring Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Diego Calva, Jean Smart
Genre Comedy, Drama

Set during the transition from silent to sound movies, this lavish period piece offers a glitzy portrait of 1920s Hollywood. Tracing the rise and fall of multiple ambitious dreamers as they seek to make a name for themselves, this epic drama captures an era of unbridled decadence, depravity, and excess.

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TheWrap by Alonso Duralde

It’s a hyped-up cocaine conversation of a movie, throwing out lots of ideas and images and mammoth set pieces without ever amounting to anything.


IndieWire by David Ehrlich

It reminds us the movies have been dying for more than 100 years, and then — through its heart-bursting, endearingly galaxy-brained prayer of a finale — interprets that as uplifting proof they’ll actually live forever. It just doesn’t have any idea how the movies will do it, or where the hell they might go from here.


New York Post by Johnny Oleksinski

The movie is a good 40 minutes too long and momentum ceases to build a while before it finally ends. Still, when the director’s party is raging, you’ll wish you had an invite.


Slant Magazine by Keith Uhlich

[Chazelle’s] torturously glib cynicism is quite the attitude around which to build an epic boondoggle of this sort. Equally as heinous is the 11th-hour optimism that he then attempts to tack onto Babylon via a jaw-droppingly wrongheaded climactic montage.


Entertainment Weekly by Leah Greenblatt

Boogie had a dramatic throughline, and something genuinely unsettling to say about the strange soul-bargaining of fame. Chazelle often steers his characters toward tragedy or anguish, without ever quite rooting his inscrutable thesis in anything real.


San Francisco Chronicle by Mick LaSalle

Don’t mistake his movie’s lack of sentimentality for callousness. Babylon is coarse, hard and wild, but its emotion is undeniable. Babylon is what movie love really looks like.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

Babylon is a film that’s thinking big, aiming big, acting big: but feeling medium, and finally ordering us to care about the celluloid magic, a secondary emotional response which should be happening without any explicit instruction. Yet it’s always a pleasure to be in the presence of such black-belt movie stars as Pitt and Robbie and there is something funny in Babylon’s wild, event-movie gigantism.


Movie Nation by Roger Moore

Babylon is gorgeous and grotesque, huge, noisy, and unlike anything else we’ve seen or heard on screen this year.


The A.V. Club by Tomris Laffly

Babylon mostly operates in a structure of set pieces, thoroughly earning its not-a-minute-too-long runtime—a whopping 189 minutes—and it’s packed to the gills with stunning craftsmanship.

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