Rosemary's Baby

  • Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: May 11, 2014
User Score
4.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 28
  2. Negative: 9 out of 28

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  1. 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?
    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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  2. 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 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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  3. 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.
  4. 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 niceOK, 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
  5. 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+
Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 27
  2. Negative: 7 out of 27
  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Brennan
    May 12, 2014
    25
    The style, or lack thereof, works against the tale of psychological terrors to the point that the whole thing feels like a rebuke.
  3. 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.