Goodness gracious. Say what you will of this film, no one can deny that the acting here is second to none, with some of the most compelling performances I can remember watching.
A film about a singular relationship that had it's moments, but overall was depressing - and not enlightening-depressing, like Closer, for example. It didn't take itself seriously enough to really pull at my heart strings, instead it just kind of put me in a weird mood. Not to say the acting or production was bad it all, in fact, quite the opposite.
shocked to see the comments here saying the ending is bad, or cartoonish! it has a totally terrifying nightmare quality to it. the look on her face when she peers into the cradle! utterly priceless. I think the reason this film is arguably polanski's most famous is because it allows us to assimilate with the main character so closely. that scene where she's so sick and crying in the red nightgown is heart wrenching.
even better than I had expected, and my expectations were very high.
I really loved this - was moderately worried/disturbed by watching it, but it stayed with me for a long time.