The Baby (1973) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Baby (1973)




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An insane, alcoholic woman redirects her hatred for the husband who abandoned her onto their teenage son, forcing him to dress and act like an infant. A social worker discovers this atrocity and attempts to rescue the boy, but the mother reacts violently in this horrific drama.

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Ruth Roman
as Mrs. Wadsworth
Anjanette Comer
as Ann Gentry
Marianna Hill
as Germaine
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Critic Reviews for The Baby

All Critics (9)

The film [is] a warped mirror on American family life, depicting parenting as an act of grotesque selfishness.

July 14, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Sadistic horror pic that has achieved classic cult status for being so irreverently camp.

January 28, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

There's a master's thesis on The Baby waiting to be written and I'll be first in line to read it, but not because I expect to find the film's provocations tamed or its utter bizarreness gently folded into the seething swamp of things that make us go hmm.

November 12, 2013 | Full Review…

'The Baby' is absolutely gaga. Or should that be goo-goo-gaga? It's a multiple-personality disorder of a film that vacillates among the extremes of weirdo exploitation, psychological horror and social-reform drama.

November 17, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Exploitation films don't come much stranger than 1973's The Baby.

July 22, 2011 | Rating: 76/100 | Full Review…

... the film has the look and feel of a TV cop drama, and a politically incorrect, outlandish storyline that couldn't be filmed today.

September 6, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Baby


What was that?! Dumb early 70's horror film that is only worth seeing for Ruth Roman's performance.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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A social worker becomes obsessed with a family who keeps their mentally retarded adult son in a crib wearing a diaper; his mother and two sisters are willing to do ANYTHING to assure that "baby" is not taken away from them. The only things that stand out in this acceptable thriller are Ruth Roman's campy performance (a bit like a nastier "Mommie Dearest" with Suzanne Pleshette's voice) and the twist ending.

Greg S
Greg S

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