Rosemary's Baby

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

Mixed or average reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 29
  2. Negative: 9 out of 29

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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. 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
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.