Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
February 23, 2013
A fun experience for anyone who remembers fawning over Christina Applegate.
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
June 9, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 25, 2007
Surprisingly entertaining and fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
July 25, 2007
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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Time Out
February 11, 2006
This is a sassy little comedy of wit and intelligence from the director of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 4, 2003
Predictable, but not wholly unlikable.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
August 30, 2002
A would-be black comedy that turns white too early
| Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
Silly and pretty mindless, but still a worthwhile cable-time comedy.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
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.
Kathleen Maher
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The souls of these little monsters are much too black to be redeemed within the confines of an hour and a half film.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Don't tell the studio, but its movie's dead. And as we used to say as kids -- rest in pieces.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Bummer.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 14, 2007
| Original Score: 1/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 17, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
May 6, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
June 19, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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