The Baby
The Baby (1973)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 1, 1973
DVD Release Date: October 4, 2005
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Noel Murray
The Dissolve

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

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

'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.

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Shane Burridge

You may find yourself giggling with disbelief or maybe just embarrassment

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

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Jeremy Heilman

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

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Maitland McDonagh
Film Comment Magazine

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.

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Lucius Gore

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
What was that?! Dumb early 70's horror film that is only worth seeing for Ruth Roman's performance.
Greg S
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… More