The Baby
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An A-list director. A jaw-dropping storyline. And depraved depictions of suburban violence, 70s fashions and 'sick love'. The result remains one of the most disturbing movies in Hollywood history: Anjanette Comer (The Loved One) stars as an idealistic L.A. County social worker who investigates the case of Mrs. Wadsworth (former '50s starlet Ruth Roman of Strangers On a Train fame), her two buxom daughters, and son 'Baby', a mentally-disabled man who sleeps in a crib, eats in a high-chair, crawls, bawls and wears diapers. But what secrets of unnatural attachment - and sexual… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film [is] a warped mirror on American family life, depicting parenting as an act of grotesque selfishness."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"'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."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"You may find yourself giggling with disbelief or maybe just embarrassment"
‑ Shane Burridge, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Sadistic horror pic that has achieved classic cult status for being so irreverently camp."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Exploitation films don't come much stranger than 1973's The Baby."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"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."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Film Comment Magazine
"... the film has the look and feel of a TV cop drama, and a politically incorrect, outlandish storyline that couldn't be filmed today."
‑ Lucius Gore, ESplatter
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