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Rosemarys Baby - S01 E01

Drama . Horror . Mystery

After a personal tragedy leaves Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse anxious for a fresh start, the young married couple departs for Paris where Guy has landed a job teaching at The Sorbonne. Upon arrival a series of unfortunate events occur, and soon Rosemary and Guy are presented with an offer they can't refuse - an apartment with the most prestigious address in the city. They find comfort in this strange city among their new friends and neighbors, Roman and Margaux Castevet, but soon find the apartment comes with a haunted past. This well-to-do successful older couple take the newcomers under their wings and become very involved with the Woodhouse's lives. Meanwhile Rosemary spends some quality time with her dear friend Julie learning how to cook at Le Cordon Bleu. Everything seems wonderful as the couple decide to try to conceive a baby.

Episode Title: Night One.
Airs: 2014-05-11 at 09:00 pm
  • Alessandra Stanley

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    This mini reproduces the movie's singular feat of being scary without being graphic, accomplishing more with mood and suggestion than overt shocks.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    This version, set in Paris, compensates with an atmosphere of chic rot--they have that over there--an increased body count and an excellent cast. [19 May 2014, p.44]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    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.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Clark Collis

    There are enough deviations to keep horror aficionados at least mildly interested. [9 May 2014, p.61]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    Although their four-hour production sags and drags in places, it is overall a stylish and engaging new take.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Elisabeth Vincentelli

    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.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    It starts to feel repetitive in the second half. But a convincing Zoe Saldana Avatar keeps you vested in the outcome, and the City of Light makes an enticing backdrop for the Prince of Darkness.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    NBC's version lacks the undercurrent of humor that ran through the 1968 film.... What this Rosemary's Baby has going for it, mostly, is Rosemary herself. Saldana's terrific as a gutsy mother-to-be who knows something's wrong but can't get anyone to believe her. And Holland's direction maintains whatever suspense is possible. Which is only so much.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    The script can be remedially hokey, but Saldana turns in a feisty and believable performance as a mother fighting for the life of her unholy spawn.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Thursday’s conclusion drags a bit if only because the miniseries requires Rosemary to be so deeply stupid for so long, and it’s not entertaining watching Saldana being practically sucked dry by her infernal fetus.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Nice to look at, good performances, but ultimately a snooze.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Rosemary's Baby is not terrible. Where the original film was shocking, this version, though bloody, is fairly mild.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    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.

    Slate Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Saldana seems to be sleepwalking through most of it, and we rarely feel Rosemary’s fear. Rather than jumping in your seat, you’re more likely to pick up a magazine.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The cast is very good, perhaps showing just how competent they are as they maintain a tenuous hold on our interest long after the film has dropped the credibility ball.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Zack Handlen

    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.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    The problem for the miniseries is that what it adds to fill the extra time feels like padding.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    The miniseries is leaden and slack. Part of the problem maybe simply be bloat.... But the greater problem is Rosemary and Guy, who are as anesthetically generic as a couple in a credit-card commercial.

    Time Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    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.

    Variety Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    It won't take you long to recognize this inept remake for the dull, clumsy bore it is.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Sarah Rodman

    Even with actors who have done good work elsewhere, this Baby is a curiously lifeless “reimagining” with a thoroughly modern polish that actually makes the story harder to believe and lands well short of its target of generating atmospheric chills.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    In nearly every scene of this Baby, you're judging it against the Polanski version and wishing you were watching that one instead. The writing is jumbled, the photography often merely pretty, the direction often shockingly clumsy.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    Nothing is remotely atmospheric, death scenes are predictable and boringly filmed, the best friend character might as well be wearing a red shirt, and the dialogue and plotting are horrendously executed. Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Roman and Margaux Castavet (scene-stealing Jason Isaacs and Carole Bouquet, the best reasons to tune in). Closer in tone to ABC's failed 666 Park Avenue homage than to Roman Polanski's still-haunting 1968 adaptation, this Baby isn't likely to keep you at night.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Matt Brennan

    The style, or lack thereof, works against the tale of psychological terrors to the point that the whole thing feels like a rebuke.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    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.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review