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Rosemary's Baby (1968)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 8.8/10
Reviews Counted: 66
Fresh: 65
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: A frightening tale of Satanism and pregnancy that is even more disturbing than it sounds thanks to convincing and committed performances by Mia Farrow and Ruth Gordon.

Average Rating: 8.5/10
Reviews Counted: 16
Fresh: 15
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: A frightening tale of Satanism and pregnancy that is even more disturbing than it sounds thanks to convincing and committed performances by Mia Farrow and Ruth Gordon.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 70,289

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In Roman Polanski's first American film, adapted from Ira Levin's horror bestseller, a young wife comes to believe that her offspring is not of this world. Waifish Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) and her struggling actor husband, Guy (John Cassavetes), move into the Bramford, an old New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and only elderly residents. Neighbors Roman and Minnie Castevet (Sidney Blackmer and Ruth Gordon) soon come nosing around to welcome the Woodhouses to the … More

Rating:
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre:
Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Classics
Directed By:
Written By:
Roman Polanski , Ira Levin
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Oct 3, 2000
Runtime:
Paramount Pictures


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Critic Reviews for Rosemary's Baby

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (65) | Rotten (1) | DVD (22)

Rosemary's Baby is suffused with Polanski's style and preoccupations.

Full Review… | October 7, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

Even readers of the book who know how Baby comes out are in for a pleasant surprise: the very real acting ability of Mia Farrow.

Full Review… | October 19, 2010
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Polanski worked with an elegant restraint that less talented filmmakers have been trying to mimic ever since.

Full Review… | February 12, 2009
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

One of the finest horror films ever made.

Full Review… | October 30, 2008
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Weird obstetricians, mysterious night noises and even Farrow's improvised stroll into actual oncoming traffic add up to a bustling nightmare that's spawned many a Black Swan since.

Full Review… | October 30, 2008
Time Out New York
Top Critic

Having escaped the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust in Poland by the skin of his teeth, Mr. Polanski was well equipped psychologically to re-imagine what was, before Rosemary's Baby, a B-picture genre into an A-picture genre.

Full Review… | October 29, 2008
New York Observer
Top Critic

A Ross Hunter-type gloss cannily deformed by anxiety and the gnomish grins of familiar Hollywood faces

Full Review… | October 13, 2014
CinePassion

It's one of the most powerful films ever made about Devil worship because Polanski expertly winds up the paranoia with spooky atmospherics and morbid humour.

Full Review… | October 7, 2013
Radio Times

A terrifying thriller that is held up by its incredible ensemble cast, and all too logical premise.

Full Review… | November 16, 2012
Cinema Crazed

So long as there are men in power who are still fuzzy on the definition of rape, Rosemary's Baby will endure as a cautionary tale.

Full Review… | October 29, 2012
Slant Magazine

Mia Farrow excels as the pretty young thing who suspects she's carrying the spawn of Satan, but it's Polanski who emerges as the real star.

Full Review… | October 10, 2012
Total Film

'Rosemary's Baby' presents the dark and the light and allows for choice: does she or doesn't she?

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

A spellbinding horror film from Roman Polanski.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
Cinema Sight

Four decades later, Polanski's supremely mounted horror thriller holds up extremely well.

Full Review… | August 2, 2011
EmanuelLevy.Com

...a bona fide classic of the horror genre...

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Reel Film Reviews

Keep children away from this scary classic.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

Roman Polanski somehow brought his brand of paranoid horror to the Hollywood mainstream with rousing success.

Full Review… | October 21, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

... a serious effort that gradually and carefully constructs a mounting sense of paranoia ...

Full Review… | July 4, 2008
ESplatter

Roman Polanski's horror classic is literally pregnant with paranoia.... Arguably the finest American horror movie of the 1960s.

Full Review… | September 19, 2007
Film4

Audience Reviews for Rosemary's Baby

Mrs. Gilmore: We're your friends, Rosemary. There's nothing to be scared about. Honest and truly there isn't! 

"Pray for Rosemary's Baby."

I've seen Rosemary's Baby twice now and with a second viewing, the film was easily able to reinforce it's elite status among the horror classics. This movie is easily in the top 5 of all-time horror films. It's up there with Psycho, The Omen, and Halloween. It's a masterpiece of suspenseful horror, where the scares aren't in your face with jump scares and tons of blood. This movie relies more on atmosphere, music, and pure creepiness, which makes for a more interesting time then the standard horror film. 

Rosemary moves into a new apartment in New York with her actor husband. They are planning on trying to have a baby soon, and then begin to get close with their neighbors. A young woman who Rosemary had met in the laundry room, that lived with the old neighbors kills herself. When Rosemary becomes impregnated but doesn't remember the night, she begins wondering how she came to be pregnant. Then she begins to get terrible pains and the doctor she was recommended isn't doing much to help her. All of this leads up to an ending that makes for one of the best endings in horror history. It was heavily influential for movies like The House of the Devil.

Rosemary's Baby has obviously been classified as one of horror's most influential and classic films. I am still a believer that this is Roman Polanski's greatest film. Also Mia Farrow makes for a perfect paranoid, pregnant mother. It's up there with the best work of her career as well. Everything in this movie is just about perfect. It's a beautiful film. The cinematography is wonderful, the score is perfect, and the atmosphere over powering. It's really a film buffs horror film, much in the vain of say, The Shining.

This is a must watch classics and a film that has stood the test of time. Rosemary's Baby showed the world that you could really on purely atmosphere and still bring the scares, just not in typical ways. It's truly one of my favorite horror films of all-time and just a masterpiece of cinema period. 

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blkbomb
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

½

A sly surprise.

Full review at themoviefreakblog.com on 11/26

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spielberg00
Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer

Rosemary's Baby is one of most memorable horror classics ever filmed. Roman Polanski's film is the film responsible for many of the films dealing with the devil, most notably The Exorcist and The Omen. The first time I watched this film, I thought it was overhyped. I didn't understand why this film had gotten the praise it received . I needed to watch this film a second time to make a more definitive opinion on this film. Watching this a second time around I loved it a lot more, and thought it deserved the classic status it has received. This is a must watch for every serious horror fan. This is a film that delivers the chills that is expected. Rosemary's Baby is a powerful horror film that truly redefined the genre. The film has a terrific cast, and amazing story. The mood is tense, and atmospheric, almost surrealistic. There are only hints that there's an evil presence lurking in Rosemary's shadow, and you feel uneasy when the horror starts. This film may not appeal to everyone, but if you loved The Exorcist and The Omen, give this one a look. Roman Polanski has crafted a great film, and with a second viewing, I thought it was a definite classic of horror. Some may find this one a tad too long, but the payoff is worth it. I think that Rosemary's Baby is one of those films that you need to give at least a few viewings to really enjoy. Rosemary's Baby took a few viewings for me to really get into. What makes this film such a classic of horror is the strong elements of tense atmosphere to a memorable climax, something that is missing from today's horror films.

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TheDudeLebowski65
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

½

I'm giving this a really good review, and a really high rating, but honestly, this film is a tad bit overrated, and not without it's flaws/nitpicks (one of them rather important).

This is the best Hitchcockian thriller Hitchcock never made. One of the reasons it works so well is because it makes the fears, paranoia, and experiences of Rosemary real and relatable to the audience, especially the women, by making the central plot point about the fears and worries of a first time mother. Subtle clues are given throughout the film as to what's going on, but, until the end, they really have it set up to where you constantly question reality, and if Rosemary's paranoia and suspicions are real, or all in her head. While there are a few shock moments throughout, they are used sparingly, letting tension boil slowly. This is the type of stuff that rarely happens in movies these days, and I really get bothered by this sometimes.

The camera work and set design are terrific. Aside from a few specific details, this film really holds up after all these years. The music is quite nice, and the performances are just terrific. Farrow got robbed, and Gordon, while she did a good job, seemed a little tamer than I expected her to be. Did she deserve her Oscar? Sure, because the subtlety and nuance is what counts, but it would have been nice to see her go off the rails a bit, even if people expect it. The other performances aren't too bad either

The writing is mostly good, but I wasn't always convinced by Cassavetes. Mostly the issues I have with it are the pacing. I like that things unfold gradually, but even then, a few scenes could have been tightened up here and there. The biggest issue I have is with the climax. It could have been handled much better, It seems a tad anticlimatic, and that kind of bothers me. Still though, it's not bad, just underwhelming. I feel a little weird saying this, but I kind of wished they would have had an ending that you'd see in this day and age, if that makes any sense.

Because so much is done right though, I can't feel justified in giving it a lower grade. I think this film should be seen by everyone, but I know that a lot of people would have issues with this movie, mainly because of the pacing and subtlety. Maybe I'm just a bit too cynical about that, though. Do I want this to be remade? No- because then they would make all of it like a modern day film, and not just the parts that need it.

One thing I wasn't expecting was the creepy and subtle dark humor. The macabreness made things that much more surreal and eerie, and that's a good thing.

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cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Rosemary's Baby Quotes


Roman Castevet:
Rock him.
Rosemary Woodhouse:
You're trying to get me to be his mother.
Roman Castevet:
Aren't you his mother?
– Submitted by Sarah K (14 months ago)
Rosemary Woodhouse:
What have you done to it?! What have you done to its eyes?!
Roman Castevet:
He has his father's eyes.
Rosemary Woodhouse:
What are you talking about? Guy's eyes are normal. What have you done to him, you maniacs?!
Roman Castevet:
Satan is his father, not Guy!
– Submitted by Eytan D (21 months ago)
Rosemary Woodhouse:
What have you done to his eyes?
– Submitted by Brandon Y (3 years ago)
Rosemary Woodhouse:
This isn't a dream! This is really happening!
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)

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