• PG-13, 1 hr. 46 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    John Hughes
    In Theaters:
    Feb 5, 1988 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 21, 2000
  • Paramount Home Video


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She's Having a Baby Reviews

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
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If She's Having a Baby were a funnier movie, if the fights were more cleverly written and Bacon and McGovern played them more deftly and lightly, it wouldn't have that unpleasant edge -- seesawing between romance and paranoia.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

June 4, 2014

Empire Magazine

This plodding drama may have its heart in the right place but, along side a gaggle of similar angst-ridden Hughes dramas of the period, fails to stand out amongst the crowd.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

June 4, 2014
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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[The film] assumes that boys will be boys but that the mystical act of fatherhood will make a man of you. Trouble with She's Having a Baby is, Hughes believes this without feeling obliged to develop it dramatically.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

June 4, 2014


Director Hughes' effort to follow his teenagers into adulthood only results in cardboard cut-outs.

Full Review Source: Film4

June 4, 2014
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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It's a measure of how little maneuvering room the movie leaves its performers that a lovely, sensitive actress like Elizabeth McGovern makes virtually no impression.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel

June 4, 2014
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
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She's Having a Baby wants to be everyone's story, but its hollowness makes it no one's.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

June 4, 2014
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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McGovern manages to fare better with the cliches thrown at her than Bacon does; but neither has a prayer of scoring at a game whose rules and players might have been dreamed up by a computer.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 4, 2014
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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Bacon`s character is such a chronic complainer than we wonder why McGovern doesn't dump him.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1/4

June 4, 2014
Juan Carlos Coto
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

As for Bacon and McGovern, it`s sad to see these usually energetic performers labor through a tired script, rarely getting a chance to deliver.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

June 4, 2014

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Hughes instead falls back on the easy jokes, hip music, and superficial character studies that have obscured the basic viability of all his work.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2/4

June 4, 2014
Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News

Hughes is simply doing what they tell you the first day of creative writing class: write about what you know. And he's doing it with both craft and a good deal of emotional honesty.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News

June 4, 2014

People Magazine

Like the couple he chronicles, Hughes seems to be profiting from the maturation process.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

June 4, 2014
Sue Heal
Radio Times

Director John Hughes tries his best to give everything a sparky, pacey feel, but the end result is simply just not funny enough.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 2/5

June 4, 2014
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

So very little works in She's Having a Baby that it's easiest just to grouse on how petty and little-minded and pro-conformity it is.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 4/10

November 2, 2011
Variety Staff
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In the lead role, Kevin Bacon is enthusiastic and believable, but even his energy can't carry what boils down to a fairly limp story.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

A rare failure from filmmaker John Hughes...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

July 11, 2006
Tom Charity
Time Out
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Taking his erstwhile teen lovers into young adulthood, marriage and parenthood, John Hughes fashions a curiously disaffected portrait of the artist as a frustrated chauvinist.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Deals with a husband who just doesn't want to grow up and face his responsibilities.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

August 28, 2004
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The Hughes formula at its thinnest.

| Original Score: 2/5

May 23, 2004

It should have been the movie where Hughes got Oscar nominations; the Academy weren't going to award his comedies, but here is where he showed he could branch out and grow up.

| Original Score: 4/4

November 16, 2003
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