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Baby Geniuses (1999)

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Average Rating: 1.9/10
Reviews Counted: 44
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 43

Flat direction and actors who look embarrassed to be onscreen make Baby Geniuses worse than the premise suggests.

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Average Rating: 2.2/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 11

Flat direction and actors who look embarrassed to be onscreen make Baby Geniuses worse than the premise suggests.

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Average Rating: 2.5/5
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Movie Info

Dr. Elena Kinder (Kathleen Turner) is the highly visible chief executive of BABYCO, the world's largest manufacturer of baby products. The company funds orphanages across the world and just opened an indoor theme park for children adjacent to its corporate headquarters in Los Angeles. Unbeknownst to the public, Kinder, with the help of Dr. Heep (Christopher Lloyd), has been conducting a vast research program devoted to decrypting in secret labs deep beneath BABYCO's corporate campus the language

PG,

Drama, Kids & Family, Comedy

Jul 27, 1999

TriStar Pictures

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All Critics (44) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (43) | DVD (2)

A thoroughly misguided, unfunny film.

January 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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There are ticklish moments, but no real laughs.

January 5, 2007 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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The hokey dialogue and witless physical gags keep everything painful and hectoring.

January 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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If the remainder of this century will bring a lamer film than Baby Geniuses, may I please be in Estonia when it comes.

July 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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The movie is about as endearing as unanesthetized gum surgery.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comment (1)
Globe and Mail
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The film has a freak-show quality.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A bad sit-com of a movie.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

One completely unwatchable piece of bottom-feeding dreck.

November 16, 2009 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Baby Geniuses' ramshackle plot serves merely as a launching pad for nearly two hours of jokes revolving around the idea of babies who talk and behave like bad stand-up comedians.

January 5, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Formulaic and deeply unfunny.

January 5, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

You can feel your brain rotting as you watch this.

December 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A kiddie comedy that's about as entertaining as treating diaper rash

May 21, 2003
Movie Eye

I'm still clawing out my eyes.

March 25, 2003
Oz
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Thanks to computers, we have seen some dazzling special effects in films lately, but even the best medicines can have unwanted side effects.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Clark has made several terrific films, this is not one of them.

February 7, 2003
Sun Newspapers of Cleveland

You know, usually I expect the studios to dump all their cinematic turds in January but, man, it's March already and I'm still sitting through this stuff.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Sometimes it truly is shocking to witness how bad a movie can be. (And the sequel is even WORSE! How!?!)

July 26, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

With the recent popularity of baby-themed shows, this film has perfect timing. Younger patrons will be drawn into the fantasy, while the humor is sufficient to keep adults interested.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Comments (14)
Boxoffice Magazine

..absolute cinematic torture; a maniacal insult to the foundation that humanity is made upon...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
Cinemaphile.org

This is a film so completely bankrupt of ideas that the last few minutes are composed entirely of short clips from elsewhere in the film...as if anyone would want to relive this travesty, even in the form of bite-sized none sequiturs.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Cinematter
Cinematter

Easily one of the worst films in years.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Audience Reviews for Baby Geniuses

Terrible! The worst of could be in the filmography of Bob Clark. A low point in Christopher Lloyd carrer.
May 20, 2011
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Without a doubt, this is one of the worst movies to have ever been made. To see Bob Clark's sanity decline over the years has been tragic to say the least, but this really puts him in a irreparable spot. When you take into account that he started with Black Christmas, this is even worse. There is nothing more annoying and overdone than talking babies. This has that and a plot revolving around intelligent talking babies. There is nothing, nothing redeeming about this movie. You can't even bask in the terrible nature of it because it is so alienating and humiliating.
March 17, 2010
ythelastman89

Super Reviewer

I think I am the person in the world who may like this more than anyone, because every single person I ask despises this film, but I look at all the good things that could have been changed to make it good! In the end I laughed a few times, but never hated it!
January 14, 2010
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

"Baby Geniuses" is one of the biggest disappointments ever. From the previews, I thought "Baby Geniuses" was gonna be hilarious. But I was wrong. Only a couple of parts in the movie even made me grin.
A relentless scientist (Kathleen Turner) keeps babies in order to do research on them. She wants to make it to where every baby from that point on will be a genius. Trouble arises when her smartest baby, Sly, gets away. Sly has a twin named Whit. Some of Kathleen Turner's employees kidnap Whit because they think it's Sly. Whit's father (Peter MacNicol) must try to understand what his daughter and Sly are trying to tell him in order to get Whit back.

"Baby Geniuses" was a big disappointment. I was expecting it to be funny and entertaining. You would expect a movie that has talking babies and even a baby that can do karate to be hilarious, but not in this case. The only reason I gave it two stars instead of one is because it halfway kept me entertained. It's not the worst movie ever made, but it's one of the worst of the year. If you want to see a funny movie that features talking babies, I would recommend sticking with the "Look Who's Talking" series. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2000. Can't believe they actually made a sequel to this terrible clunker...why would they?
September 14, 2009
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