• PG-13, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Stephen Herek
    In Theaters:
    Jun 7, 1991 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 1, 2001
  • Warner Brothers

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Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

February 23, 2013
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com

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 Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: C+

June 9, 2011

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Surprisingly entertaining and fun.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 25, 2007
Variety Staff
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 25, 2007

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

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 11, 2006
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Predictable, but not wholly unlikable.

| Original Score: 3/5

September 4, 2003
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 20, 2003
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

A would-be black comedy that turns white too early

| Original Score: 2/5

August 30, 2002
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

Silly and pretty mindless, but still a worthwhile cable-time comedy.

| Original Score: 3/5

July 26, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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.

May 12, 2001
Kathleen Maher
Austin Chronicle

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 Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 0/5

January 1, 2000
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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 Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
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Don't tell the studio, but its movie's dead. And as we used to say as kids -- rest in pieces.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Bummer.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D+

September 7, 2011
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

| Original Score: 1/5

January 14, 2007
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 2/5

August 17, 2005
Clint Morris
Moviehole

| Original Score: 3/5

May 6, 2005
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

| Original Score: 3/5

June 19, 2004
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