'October Baby' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   0 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   38 reviews
  • Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times (Top Critic)
    30
    Like the bloodied placards brandished by demonstrators outside women's health clinics, the film communicates in the language of guilt and fear.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Stephanie Merry Washington Post (Top Critic)
    50
    Extended scenes are dominated by heavy dialogue, while the lighter moments are relegated to montages of prancing across a beach, for example, which simply aren't that effective at buoying the drama.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mark Feeney Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    25
    "October Baby" looks and feels like a Lifetime movie waiting not to happen.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michelle Orange Village Voice (Top Critic)
    A slick piece of pro-life propaganda, it has relatively luxe production values, painfully earnest performances, and a drippy "inspirational" score.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    50
    The film as a whole is amateurish and ungainly, can't find a consistent tone, is too long, is overladen with music that tries to paraphrase the story and is photographed with too many beauty shots that slow the progress.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    The closer Hannah gets to her goal, the more insistent the sermonizing becomes. By the time she confronts the woman who rejected her (a careerist lawyer), we are neck-deep in Lifetime TV bathos.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    17
    "October Baby" doesn't even meet the standards of decent propaganda. It is, in fact, indecent propaganda.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    60
    Directors Andrew and Jon Erwin, who also contributed to the story, rarely let their film get didactic, instead going for a more low-key approach.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Leydon Variety (Top Critic)
    Newcomer Rachel Hendrix grabs attention and sustains sympathy as a lovely yet troubled 19-year-old student determined to unlock the secrets of her past.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    25
    "October Baby" may be well-intentioned, but it's as obvious and inert as a spoonful of mashed potatoes.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    38
    Timed to come out in the middle of a political dogfight over birth control, when candidates tell their supporters that they'll "get rid of Planned Parenthood," "October Baby" could have hot-button appeal for a certain audience.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    The odds that this has happened in the real world approach those of being struck by lightning and eaten by a shark at the same time. With a winning lottery ticket tucked in your swimsuit.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Frank Scheck Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    [An] earnest, faith-based drama, which lacks sufficient entertainment value to make its message go down more palatably.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    60
    A film whose poignancy is hard to deny whatever side of the abortion debate you fall on.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kevin Carr 7M Pictures
    20
    tries to walk a line between abortion drama and adoption drama. All the wringing of hands in this film are results of cliches we've seen in television and movies for years.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Philip Martin Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    82
    While it's better than most movies of its kind, it's still pretty weak entertainment, though choir members should feel free to sing its praises. Amen.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Linda Cook Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
    75
    Sometimes it is simply impossible for me to look at a movie with complete objectivity.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Gary Wolcott Tri-City Herald
    60
    A couple of scenes - especially one with a cop with a heart - are touching. Depending on your point of view, October Baby does manage to score more than a few points.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Austin Chronicle
    20
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle
    20
    The filmmaking is lugubrious and heavy-handed, and the dramatic arc stagnant and airless.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Renee Schonfeld Common Sense Media
    40
    Faith-based drama about adoption, abortion, forgiveness.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jackie K. Cooper jackiekcooper.com
    60
    A definitely pro-life story that will anger those who see no redeeming aspect for this position. For those who do agree with the premise this will be a cause for celebration.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Steven D. Greydanus Decent Films Guide
    59
    Avoids the outright preachiness of the Sherwood Productions films … certainly a good-looking film … too much tell and not enough show.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • John Wirt Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
    50
    An inept message picture.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Todd Jorgenson Cinemalogue.com
    Heavy-handed proselytizing trumps genuine emotional impact.
    Full Review » 2 years ago