Pretty Baby
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After making a series of acclaimed and controversial films in his native France, director Louis Malle made his American debut with this disturbing but visually beautiful story about Hattie (Susan Sarandon), a prostitute working in New Orleans' Storyville district at the turn of the century. When Hattie becomes pregnant, she opts to keep her baby and gives birth to a daughter named Violet, raising her in the brothel where she continues to work. Twelve years later, Violet (Brooke Shields) is old enough to attract the attentions of the brothel's customers, but emotionally has one foot in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This visually evocative tale of a child prostitue, Louis Malle's first American film, is not as strong as his next (Atlantic City), but Susan Sarandon and Brooke Shields are splendid."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"powerfully disturbing"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"worthy of strong consideration"
‑ Christopher Null,
"An inert and boring morality tale that should please neither sensationalists nor puritans."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It was shocking in its day, perhaps... but today... [it] can't hope to be as provocative..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"It was once shocking and dull. Now it's just dull."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"While it oozes with atmosphere and Sarandon is superb, the story never comes together and Malle's treatment of Shields is kinda creepy."
‑ Dan Fienberg,
"Sexy Sarandon in an early role as the whore mom of child prostitute Brook Shields."
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"Susan Sarandon, as Hattie, is seamless and flawless, not to mention at her shapliest best."
‑ Frank Wilkins, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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