The Babysitters
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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 always thinking about the future, and works part-time as a babysitter in order to save up for college. Among Shirley's regular charges are spirited youngsters Adam and Mikey, the offspring of respected father Michael (John Leguizamo) and his pretty wife, Gail (Cynthia Nixon). Shirley has always had an innocent crush on Michael, but one night after her… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

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"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."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Although the film is pitched as dark comedy, there's nothing very funny about the sexualization of teenagers."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"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."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"You can see the potential in this off-kilter coming-of-age story, and it's a pity it never quite adds up."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Like the pilot for an awful, misguided joint venture between FX and the CW."
‑ Geoff Berkshire, Metromix.com
"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."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"I'd call it a depressing soft-core porn flick, but that overstates its titillation factor. Mainly it's just icky."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"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."
‑ Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly
"Is Ross trying to mimic Michael Haneke, daring his audience to be disgusted by the very titillating premise which probably brought them to the movie in the first place?"
‑ Edward Havens, FilmJerk.com
"There's little real wit here and, as far as teen-chick antics go, it's definitely no Heathers or Clueless, not even Cruel Intentions."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"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."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"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."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"David Ross's stylishly tawdry black comedy fits neatly between Heathers and American Beauty. The Babysitters Club this ain't."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"confused"
‑ Paul Brenner, Filmcritic.com
"By undermining the subtle feminism of his movie, [director] Ross ends up undermining the whole thing, culminating in a terrifying parking-lot scene that doesn't quite make sense."
‑ Mark Peikert, New York Press
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