• R, 1 hr. 54 min.
  • Classics, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Elia Kazan
    In Theaters:
    Dec 18, 1956 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 9, 2003


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Baby Doll Reviews

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Variety Staff
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Wallach as the vengeful Vacarro plays it to the hilt. Malden is cast to perfection and turns in a socko performance.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 6, 2008
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Wickedly funny salacious black comedy.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

November 20, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

An explosive, provocative black comedy from Tennessee Williams and Elia Kazan.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/4

November 1, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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One of Elia Kazan's most underrated movies is his only pure comedy.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 1, 2007
Emanuel Levy

Tennessee Williams adapted his play in this provocative black comedy, directed with intensity by Kazan, and starring Carroll Baker in her Oscar-nominate performance as the child-bride.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

January 4, 2007
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

The movie hasn't aged a day in fifty years.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 4/4

May 29, 2006
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

I love this stuff; it's remarkably silly, yet the actors play it so straight you'd think it was Hamlet.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

May 9, 2006
Christopher Null

an impressively steamy story for its day with some moments of true greatness

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 25, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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The grotesquely caricatured performances and the evocation of the baking, dusty, indolent homestead make for witty and compelling viewing.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006


Regarded as scandalous when it was first released, Baby Doll has lost its shock value but retains a strong, sweaty Deep South sensuality.

Full Review Source: Film4

August 3, 2005
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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Mr. Kazan keeps the courtship bouncing between the emotional and the ludicrous.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

August 3, 2005
Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films

Baby Doll (1956) has been called notorious, salacious, revolting, dirty, steamy, lewd, suggestive, morally repellent and provocative.

Full Review Source: Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films

August 23, 2001

| Original Score: 5/5

March 24, 2007
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

August 14, 2005
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