Still, the use of the infant prop is drawing criticism online by media and moviegoers alike. In December, Drew McWeeny of HitFix noticed the fake babies during a screening of the movie at AFI Fest, later writing: “It’s so obvious, and neither one of them looks like they are comfortable holding it.” 

He goes on to surmise that maybe Eastwood’s notoriously fast directing style had something to do with the apparent oversight: “I wonder if this is just a case of him signing off on Cooper and Miller and not really worrying about whether or not his creepy robot baby is flagrantly fake or not.” 

In her Sunday Times review, critic Camilla Long writes that she has “never seen so many terrible fake babies in one film.”