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Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead
Christina Applegate stars in this convoluted comedy that comes across as a teen fantasy combination of Home Alone and Working Girl. The premise is all in the title -- when the mother (Concetta Tomei) of a sniveling group of surly kids goes on a much-deserved summer vacation, she leaves her kids under the charge of an elderly distaff granny (Eda Reiss Merin). When granny ups and dies, the kids load her dead body in a trunk and deposit the package on the steps of the local funeral home. The kids are ecstatic thinking that with the big wad of cash Mom has left, they can have a summer of consumer… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

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"Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead starts with an enjoyable, if crude, black comedy situation promised by the title, but then it turns into an incredibly dumb teenage girl's fantasy of making it in the business world."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Blame the smash of Home Alone for the new herd of kids-on-the-loose movies. Let's hope none are dumber than this one."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A fun experience for anyone who remembers fawning over Christina Applegate."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Predictable, but not wholly unlikable."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The souls of these little monsters are much too black to be redeemed within the confines of an hour and a half film."
‑ Kathleen Maher, Austin Chronicle
"This is a sassy little comedy of wit and intelligence from the director of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure."
‑ , Time Out
"Bummer."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A picture with obvious flaws, but one that attempts to subvert the norm with a few curveball jokes here and there. It's not awful. It's not good either."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"A would-be black comedy that turns white too early"
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"Even the title gag, the dead baby sitter, is virtually forgotten after the first 15 minutes, until it is brought up again for the film's final moments. Along with it, the dark edge also disappears."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Miss Applegate is charming when the screenplay allows her to slow down. Working against her is the director, Stephen Herek, who pushes every gag so hard and fast that he seems to be keeping up with a laugh track only he can hear."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Once the babysitter dies and her body is deposited anonymously on the steps of a funeral home, the movie is free to reveal its real purpose: This is a consumerist, escapist fantasy for teenage girls."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Surprisingly entertaining and fun."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Silly and pretty mindless, but still a worthwhile cable-time comedy."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
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