Pretty Baby
Pretty Baby (1978)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 5, 1978
DVD Release Date: November 18, 2003
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

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.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

powerfully disturbing

Christopher Null

worthy of strong consideration

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An inert and boring morality tale that should please neither sensationalists nor puritans.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

It was shocking in its day, perhaps... but today... [it] can't hope to be as provocative...

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It was once shocking and dull. Now it's just dull.

Dan Fienberg

While it oozes with atmosphere and Sarandon is superb, the story never comes together and Malle's treatment of Shields is kinda creepy.

Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

Sexy Sarandon in an early role as the whore mom of child prostitute Brook Shields.

Frank Wilkins
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Susan Sarandon, as Hattie, is seamless and flawless, not to mention at her shapliest best.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
This is one of the more polarizing and challenging period pieces to ever be put to screen, mostly because of the sensitive subject matter and the use of a child… More
Jason Owens
I'd always heard of this movie and the controversy surrounding it since it showed Brooke Shields naked. I wish now that I hadn't watched it.… More
Jennifer D
One of those things I had to see. And I must say that if it didn't make you slightly sick, you need therapy. Anyway, this is my second (I think) Malle film… More
Leigh Ryan
Very sad to see what the girl goes through.
Wahida K
The red-light district of New Orleans. The story of the women. The photographer. And the prostitute's daughter.
Dimitris Springer
Excluding the acting "skills" of miss Shields even as a child,Pretty Baby hides a deep melancholy Malle would continue exploring from Atlantic… More