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  • Series Premiere Date: May 11, 2014
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: Rosemary Woodhouse (Zoe Saldana) becomes suspicious of her husband and neighbors intentions toward her unborn child after moving into an apartment in Paris in this adaptation of Ira Levin's novel of the same name (it was also made into a feature film in 1968).
  • Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series, Horror
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 27
  2. Negative: 7 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    May 8, 2014
    80
    Rosemary’s Baby bends to current fashions, and, accordingly, is more straightforward and much gorier than the original film. But partly because the story has been so altered, it still has mystery and suspense.
  2. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    May 8, 2014
    75
    Saldana carries the full load throughout. Her skepticism grows--as does her performance--in tandem with her belly before it all boils over into a full-out escape plan.
  3. Reviewed by: Elisabeth Vincentelli
    May 12, 2014
    63
    The miniseries is often visually striking, with helmer Agnieszka Holland delivering stylish, cinematic work. But the new script also undermines her mood-setting efforts with cheap shock tactics.
  4. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    May 9, 2014
    50
    NBC’s Rosemary’s Baby, which premieres Sunday night and finishes up on Thursday, is a not-great remake, but it is also a not-entirely-horrible miniseries, a beneficiary of the soft standards of low expectations.
  5. Reviewed by: Zack Handlen
    May 8, 2014
    42
    The new Rosemary’s Baby is, at best, a glossy, flat reminder that there are better versions of this story readily available. At worst, it’s just flat.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    May 7, 2014
    40
    Steeped in gore but deprived of atmosphere, this update on the Satanic classic suffers from its contemporary setting and attendant improvements in obstetrics, while feeling closer in tone to a remake of “The Omen” than of its namesake.
  7. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    May 12, 2014
    10
    So much of this remake loses the original’s subtlety (no doubt decades of more pointed horror movies have taken their toll) that outside of the aforementioned three worthwhile elements [Paris, Zoe Saldana, and Zoe Saldana in her underwear] everything seems to be a waste of time.

See all 27 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. May 20, 2014
    9
    so far creator, director Agnieszka Holland presents a whole new genreation + new vision = a remake to Roman Polaniski's version of the project . So far people , critics are not liking this because its not like this because it does not led to the Original. but this show is wonderful and brilliant Grade A+ Expand
  2. May 18, 2014
    8
    Definitely worth watching. If you belong to the general category of TV audience which seeks quality and cause and effect reasons to watch series, then see it. Nice attempt. Expand
  3. May 13, 2014
    7
    I think they should have made a sequel instead. I would have preferred that. Rosemary's baby is one of my favorite films, and I still wonder what happened after Rosemary saw her baby for first time. I never thought that the satanic cult were real demons or had supernatural skills as it happens here. For me, they were just insane, and I always imagined Rosemary trying to free herself from them, and why not, planing a revenge maybe? Anyway, I don't think this remake is that bad. Zoe is very good as Rosemary, that's what it keeps the story going. I also think the chemistry with her husband works. On the other hand, the production design and image is very good, it sexy and sophisticated. I think that's how the film looked then in 1968 (I was born many years later). And I said before, I didn't like the supernatural element here, as for example that Demon. The satanic cult and the rich neighbors are scary enough. Expand
  4. May 16, 2014
    6
    Remaking one of the great films (not just horror) of all time is not a very good idea, and almost certainly was going to be met with resistance and negative feedback and groans of lack of imagination nowadays. But "Rosemary's Baby" does present some interest as a modern updated take on the original 60's set story.

    How does the story and Rosemary's actions change in the modern world? What with the internet and cell phones and instant information, and maybe most importantly, a strong independent "modern" woman. The casting of Zoe Saldana as Rosemary, famous for her tough as nails action heroines she's been known to play, would seem to suggest this.

    None of this means anything however. The movie does open with Rosemary chasing down a burglar, resulting in a cop calling her brave and reckless, suggesting he needs more cops like her. Yet this leads nowhere. Never again does Rosemary do anything rash or without someone's permission. If the movie were to suggest that her independence had been taken from her, then yes maybe that would be interesting but that's not what's here.

    Instead we get a basic retread, expanded upon here and with some added gore there, with a fresh city that really amounts to nothing other than some French accents. Rosemary doesn't every really feel out of place here, except one time near the beginning when she suggest that she can't stay at a party because everyone is speaking French. But then everyone speaks English and that's that. Everything is plot contrivance without any new raison d'etre (I had to). Much like the recent wasted attempt at a "Carrie" remake...
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  5. May 15, 2014
    4
    OK, so Agnieska Holland ain't the world's greatest director but she has made at least two very good films, EUROPA, EUROPA and SECRET GARDEN, plus one that really dazzled me, OLIVIER, OLIVIER. But this ROSEMARY is just a flat old dud. Tons of unnecessary changes that totally undermine all the suspense. The film looks like any typical USA film or bland TV series on the CW. One very nice performance from Carole Bouquet who is very different from Ruth Gordon in Polanski's masterpiece. Zoe Saldana is no Mia Farrow but she is very sympathetic but it's as if the filmmakers are embarrassed to use her in any interesting way. Adding to this feeling is that it's 4 hours long with commercials and it feels rushed! Expand
  6. Sep 27, 2014
    1
    Awful writing, slowly paced, I feel that they could have easily condensed Rosemary's Baby into a single "episode", but for whatever reason they felt inclined to just spread it as thin as possible.

    I think what made it the worst was the female lead's portrayal as a sniveling coward. For someone who is worried about the well being of their "baby" and the issues she has, she sure lets an awful lot of people force her into positions she rather wouldn't. She mate it almost un-watchable.

    I would have ended it differently, having Rosemary throw herself and the baby to their deaths, but I guess that's just me.
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