The Babysitters
The Babysitters (2008)

A bored suburban husband finds his affair with a high-school babysitter fast snowballing out of control in this black comedy from first-time screenwriter/director David Ross. Shirley (Katherine Waterston) is a brainy honors student who is… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: September 16, 2008
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33%
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though built on an audacious and controversial premise, Babysitters teeters between exploitation and grossness due to uneven execution.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

It's bad enough that writer-director David Ross indulges in the very perverse kind of Lolita-tinged titillation the film pretends to lament, but then he ties everything up with an oh-well shrug.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Although the film is pitched as dark comedy, there's nothing very funny about the sexualization of teenagers.

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Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

A pathetic excuse to trot out a procession of teenage girls in the raw, performing graphic simulated sex acts with your basic suburban family man drooling all over himself.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Until it crosses a shadowy line dividing serious comedy from distasteful exploitation, The Babysitters has the makings of an incisive satire of greed and lust in suburbia.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

I'd call it a depressing soft-core porn flick, but that overstates its titillation factor. Mainly it's just icky.

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

Their customers are awkward enough that we're able to believe the girls are in control, or at least aware that they're the highlight of the men's week.

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Susan Walker
Toronto Star

The script has a stale air, like something that was doing the rounds for a long time before David Ross found backers to make a film out of it.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

It reads like a Cinemax special event, and as good as Leguizamo and Waterston (daughter of Sam) are, the skeevy, fantasy-fulfillment plot that drives David Ross' movie is uncomfortably risky business.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

David Ross's stylishly tawdry black comedy fits neatly between Heathers and American Beauty. The Babysitters Club this ain't.

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Flixster Audience Score: 30% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
Cute girls but Very disappointing. 3 stars
Dean L
Initially I thought this was going to be a tawdry attempt to recapture the genius of "Heathers." It was not. It was also not, as some might assume,… More
Japes .
Such a weird, dirty movie. There isn't really an ending to it; the movie just kind of....ends. Like the director said "okay guys, that's good… More
Bobby Hobbs
This movie starts out with what seems to be a strong plot... A troubled teen and her troubled friends start a babysitting service that focuses on something… More
Dean !
Quite an average film in the end, more of a drama. One for the trailer made it look a lot better category that's for sure.
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"These girls mean business."</i> A teenager turns her babysitting service into a call-girl service for married guys after fooling… More