| Original Score: 3/5
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.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Although the film is pitched as dark comedy, there's nothing very funny about the sexualization of teenagers.
| Original Score: 2/4
I'd call it a depressing soft-core porn flick, but that overstates its titillation factor. Mainly it's just icky.
| Original Score: 1/4
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.
The film remains engaging in no small part because of the beguiling and enigmatic performance of [Katherine] Waterston, daughter of Law & Order star Sam Waterston.
Despite the racy content and the alarmist 18A classification, The Babysitters is a remarkably restrained and decent film. It's polished, smoothly edited and shot with simple elegance.
| Original Score: 3/4
The premise is out of '70s porn, and so is the overbroad satire and almost total lack of conviction.
| Original Score: D+
Woefully reductive and painful.
Like television's Six Feet Under and the recent film Juno, it's the perfect antidote to the dopey, butter-cream-frosted teen flicks of John Hughes -- Pretty in Pink with poison sauce.
Ultimately fails to deliver on the audacity of its premise.