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Baby Geniuses

children & family, comedy


KATHLEEN TURNER and CHRISTOPHER LLOYD star in this hilarious family comedy about an evil plan to crack babies' secret language, and the "Baby Geniuses" out to stop it.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    2%
  • Audience Score
    23%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 9
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

A bad sitcom of a movie.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the humor here centers around children using salty adult language, repeated groin-bashing and -- you guessed it -- diaper activities. And though this is a film that would seemingly appeal to young children, the sexual innuendo and roughhousing make it appropriate, inexplicably, only for tweens. Some kids may enjoy the diaper gags, but overall the humor is too crass and misguided to recommend to them. And even among tweens, those who feel insulted by bad TV sitcoms shouldn't risk it.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how not to behave or treat girls.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    2%
    reviews counted: 4
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  • Audience

    23%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: You can feel your brain rotting as you watch this.

- David Noh, Film Journal International, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten:

- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: One completely unwatchable piece of bottom-feeding dreck.

- Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

0 star

"You look like Mt. Pepto Bismol erupted." Baby Geniuses is every bit as terrible as the critics made it out to be, and then some. Admittedly this film has some feeble potential, but the idea of talking babies has been toyed with so recurrently that it's growing old. It's apparent that the filmmakers simply wanted to make a guilty pleasure with a few laughs for the kids and adults. The kids might find some entertainment here. As for anyone over the age of 5...you'd have better luck finding a three-legged ballerina than finding anyone remotely interesting in this putrid mess of a movie! Basically there are a bunch of babies being held for scientific experiments. Two scientists (Turner, Lloyd) who manage the world's leading manufacturer of baby products secretly plan to crack the code of baby talk. Then one troublesome young child named Sly (played by all of the Fitzgerald triplets) escapes from the facility and runs into his twin Whit (played by the same bunch of triplets) with whom he has a telepathic bond. Then some massive mix up occurs when guards from the scientific facility accidentally capture Whit who's mistaken for Sly, and Sly is mistaken for Whit and taken home by Whit's mother. Apart from some preposterous other sub-plots that emerge, there is nothing else holding the film together. It's a string of stupid, notoriously unfunny childish lines of dialogue that some people actually regard as funny. Now that's a shock! No laughs, hideously embarrassing acting, bad storyline and no redeeming features at all. Whoever decided to green-light this project deserves to be kicked out of the industry forever! Think about it...they spent of millions of dollars financing this film. With that money they could have done two or three low budget movies that could have been decent. That's two or three movies we will never see. If crap like this is being created in Hollywood I wonder what stuff they must be rejecting... I don't think any possible film projects that have been rejected could possibly be worse than this. Everyone on the cast should be ashamed of themselves. With names like Christopher Lloyd and Kathleen Turner one would expect something that is at least entertaining. Instead we have dreadful acting with even poorer source material. I can't believe how bad this so called "comedy" (I believe the film is incorrectly placed in the genre of comedy) turned out to be. The script is so terrible...I cannot even conceive a word to describe it. Directing is usually uneven and awkward. I don't recall any scenes that are memorable. Each and every second is instantly forgettable. In a sense this is a good thing. I'd rather forget I ever saw this movie. Baby Geniuses marks one of Hollywood's lowest points. The whole film is the furthest thing from entertainment. Every aspect of the filmmaking falls flat. Script, directing, performances...they act as repulsive faeces in a grotty toilet. The screenwriter must've been a 1-year-old baby...and not a genius.

- PvtCaboose91, Thursday, May 22, 2008

1 star

An exercise in torture; avoid at all costs. This rivals the pain and cringe factor of the latest torture methods of the recent James Bond film. An exaggeration? If you answered yes to that question, then you haven't been subjected to the travesty that is this film.

- shortcartoonist, Sunday, January 7, 2007

2 stars

This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen! Having said that, I didn?t hate it. I mean there are some funny moments. Most of the time I was laughing at the movie, not with it. The acting is so horrific, so laughable. I really question the career move by Christopher Lloyd, here we have a solid comedic actor, just what the hell was he thinking. He doesn?t even get that much scream time. Perhaps the most shocking thing about this movie was who directed it. One would have thought that the director of this piece of shit film was a amateur. Well, that?s not the case, this movie was directed by Bob Clark. Yeah that?s right the director of A Christmas Story and Porky?s!! What the fuck was he thinking directing this?! I just don?t understand how he could do this to his career. He must have been desperate for the money? Another bad thing about this film was the effects, they were God-awful! I mean come on the mouth movements on the babies looked so fake. And the way the baby danced in one scene was one of the worst things I have seen on screen in recent years. However I cant understand why the effects were so bad, nobody wanted to work on this, at least the smart ones. Lame story, awful acting cheesy effects and an average cast makes this one of the worst movies ever made!

- KevinTheMovieManiac, Friday, February 19, 2010