Rosemary's Baby
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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 building; despite Rosemary's reservations about their eccentricity and the weird noises… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Rosemary's Baby is suffused with Polanski's style and preoccupations."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"One of the finest horror films ever made."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"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."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"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."
‑ , Total Film
"Four decades later, Polanski's supremely mounted horror thriller holds up extremely well."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"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."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"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."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"A terrifying thriller that is held up by its incredible ensemble cast, and all too logical premise."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"'Rosemary's Baby' presents the dark and the light and allows for choice: does she or doesn't she?"
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"...a bona fide classic of the horror genre..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Polanski worked with an elegant restraint that less talented filmmakers have been trying to mimic ever since."
‑ Mark Harris, Entertainment Weekly
"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."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"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."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"A spellbinding horror film from Roman Polanski."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Keep children away from this scary classic."
‑ Carly Kocurek, Common Sense Media
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