Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead
Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: June 7, 1991
DVD Release Date: May 1, 2001
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

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.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A fun experience for anyone who remembers fawning over Christina Applegate.

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Time Out

This is a sassy little comedy of wit and intelligence from the director of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post


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Brian Orndorf

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.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-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.

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TV Guide

Surprisingly entertaining and fun.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
All time favourite I have watched many, many times over the years and never tire of. Yes, it's far fetched, but it's funny and quite sweet. I love… More
Curtis Lilly
Been a while. First movie I ever saw that had boobs in it (they were on the kids poster on the wall)
Chris Weber
Once again I'm hit by a wave of nostalgia. I will admit that I'm inflating the grade here, and giving it more props than maybe it's worth, but I… More
Dean McKenna
No sooner has Mum popped off to Oz, than the babysitter pops her clogs, leaving the kids to fend for themselves. A great idea is largely wasted, although it… More
Coxxie Mild Sauce
ive probably seen this. whether i have or havent, its nothing special.
Candy Rose
Teen movie about five kids who are left with a baby sitter who kicks the bucket.