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  • Summary: The life of super-yuppie J.C. Wiatt (Diane Keaton) is thrown into turmoil when she inherits a baby from a distant relative.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    Jun 9, 2014
    80
    Shyer and Meyers... are endlessly inventive. They're not afraid to be sophisticated and screwballish in the best '30s tradition, and they know just how far to exaggerate for laughs without leaving touch with reality entirely or destroying sentiment. The humor in Baby Boom is sharp without being heartless.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    May 27, 2014
    75
    Baby Boom makes no effort to show us real life. It is a fantasy about mothers and babies and sweetness and love, with just enough wicked comedy to give it an edge.
  3. Reviewed by: Ted Mahar
    Jun 9, 2014
    75
    One of the most important things about Baby Boom, aside from being amusing all the way through, is that Diane Keaton gets her first chance to carry a comedy all by herself. [28 Oct 1987, p.E06]
  4. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    May 27, 2014
    60
    Baby Boom isn't much more than a glorified sitcom, but it's funny, and it's liable to hit home. The reason: a devilishly good performance by Diane Keaton.
  5. Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    Jun 9, 2014
    50
    Shyer's direction of actors rises instantly to a level of cartoonish hysteria and descends only for occasional wet bursts of sentimentality. But as an exercise in ideological persuasion it works appallingly well, playing on deep-seated guilts and insecurities with a sureness of touch that may make it a hit with the audience it caricatures.
  6. 38
    Baby Boom has the fluffy amiability of an innocuous sitcom. In their rightful place on the shrunken sets of the small screen, its teeny characters would seem comfortably at home. But blown up to feature dimensions, they betray their flimsy origins, looking thin and transparent, just a bunch of under-considered ideas decked out in over-sized finery. [10 Oct 1987]
  7. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    May 27, 2014
    30
    Baby Boom tries to be a lot funnier than it actually is, and handsome production design and cinematography do little to compensate for its annoying over-reliance on cornball action montages and a dreadfully saccharine soudtrack score.

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  1. Aug 28, 2014
    5
    Diane Keaton nails another role. I'm not surprised in the least. Unfortunately, Baby Boom falls flat periodically. The potential is there, but this is not a great film. Expand

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