Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 6 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Sep 5, 2013
    Its modest (if occasionally gross-out) stabs at genre parody rarely insult our intelligence and even allow for the kind of retro deadpan silliness Mel Brooks used to underline his louder punch lines.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Sep 4, 2013
    The movie is delightfully crude in places (including an instance of relay puking) and just plain silly-clever in others.
  3. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Jul 29, 2013
    It’s modest, scrappy, and resourceful, a low-budget comedy that makes the most of a central setting and a cast packed with gifted improvisers.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Sep 4, 2013
    Functions exactly like a sketch movie, using its meager, essentially irrelevant plot as a clothesline upon which to string a series of self-contained bits. At least half of the bits are pretty damn funny, though, and that’s arguably all that matters.
  5. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Sep 1, 2013
    Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon display a freewheelin' sense of invention that should be watched closely, because they have the raw stuff of major comic filmmakers.
  6. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Sep 5, 2013
    Hell Baby works as a joke factory first and foremost, a collection of tropes (some mocked) second, and a movie a distant third.
  7. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Sep 30, 2013
    The birth of the titular infant — what the whole movie’s leading up to — is just an anticlimactic mess.
  8. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Sep 6, 2013
    Like bad houseguests, the creators of Hell Baby overstay their welcome.
  9. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Jun 28, 2013
    Given Garant and Lennon’s background on “The State” and “Reno 911,” their scattershot approach as filmmakers isn’t especially surprising; for every oddly specific Shakespeare reference or detour to the local po-boy joint, there’s an ongoing parade of puke and an awful rubber suit with which to contend.
  10. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Sep 6, 2013
    Hell Baby is what happens when you try to parody a parody. The result is a film that's less than half as funny as its predecessor, and a sliver as clever as the original.
  11. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Sep 5, 2013
    The film, written and directed by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon, rarely dares to be smart, settling instead for familiar gags that would have the Devil himself yawning.
  12. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 5, 2013
    Evil babies aren’t exactly fresh meat for parody. Then again, there’s hardly a laugh in this whole hellish thing.
  13. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Jun 28, 2013
    Garant and Lennon’ script, with its insistence on constantly repeating the same gags, rapidly wears thin.
  14. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Sep 5, 2013
    As a five-minute sketch it would have been so-so. But as a 93-minute slog through witless puerility, it seems like an eternity in hell, baby.
  15. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Jun 28, 2013
    Tedious and tasteless in equal measure, the lazy horror parody Hell Baby gives grossout comedy a bad name.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Jun 23, 2014
    This movie really made me laugh. Being an avid horror movie fan and not having seen a decent horror comedy in a very very long time. I couldn't stop laughing at the poke they made at cheap scare tactics employed in 'ordinary' horrors these days, I feel exactly the same way. A serious thanks to the folks for making this movie, it made my day.

    It shoots from the hip from beginning to end and those easily offended will rate this as a negative, there's no hiding from that. Its about time someone got it right and these guys are awesome. Much much enjoyed!
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  2. Sep 10, 2013
    This film is a step better than Scary Movie V. There is just not enough laughs in Hell Baby to make it a good comedy. I like some of the actors involved in this, but unfortunately this is not a good film. D Full Review »