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Ruth Gordon
Actress, Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Ruth Gordon is the mother, giving the same eccentric performance she has been giving for many, many years, except that now, mercifully, she doesn't try to be sexy.
(Stanley Kauffmann, New Republic)
The lone authentic bit of horror in the film is Ruth Gordon's performance: a sort of self-serving, nonstop tuneless singsong issuing from a decrepit butterfly that thinks itself the Empress Theodora, it is easily one of the most offensive spectacles of any year and does make Rosemary's Baby, whenever it is on view, perhaps not horrifying but certainly disgusting.
(John Simon, National Review)
If it lacks some of the book's suspense, put that down to a rasping performance by Ruth Gordon, who plays all parts exactly the same. As the witch on the case, she couldn't frighten a cat.
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