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The Sitter (2011)

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Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 107
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 84

With its recycled plot, misguided gags, and formula performance from Jonah Hill, The Sitter adds up to another disappointing entry from director David Gordon Green.

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Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 25

With its recycled plot, misguided gags, and formula performance from Jonah Hill, The Sitter adds up to another disappointing entry from director David Gordon Green.

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When the world's most irresponsible babysitter takes three of the world's worst kids on an unforgettable overnight adventure through the streets of New York City, it's anyone's guess who's going to make it home in one piece. The Sitter is a new level of twisted and debauched hilarity from the director of Pineapple Express, starring Jonah Hill. -- (C) Official Site

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Brian Gatewood, Alessandro Tanaka

Mar 20, 2012

$30.5M

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All Critics (110) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (84) | DVD (8)

A noisy, unfocused, frequently annoying and intermittently offensive slapstick misfire.

January 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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It does not care for your soft comedy.

December 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Film.com
Film.com
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The Sitter wants to have its urinal cake and eat it too, pushing the envelope of taste one minute and then delivering maudlin little life lessons the next.

December 13, 2011 Full Review Source: The Wrap
The Wrap
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For every laugh offered by The Sitter, there are five minutes of boredom and at least one failed scene of would-be "dramatic" character building.

December 10, 2011 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (8)
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The Sitter seems to have a good heart, so why all the glib racism?

December 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Newsday | Comments (13)
Newsday
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Hill plays Noah with just the right amount of self-loathing, deep down convinced of his own merit, not needing to humiliate anyone to prove it.

December 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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The Sitter is mediocrity at its finest; too boring to hate and too forgettable to get angry about. Save your money and rewatch Uncle Buck instead.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

Anyone expecting The Sitter to be an especially memorable trip to the theater may just want to give their own babysitter the night off and stay home with the kids.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

The Sitter is a mess because of a lot of things, but most of the blame should be focused on a lazy script that could have been written in a single afternoon.

September 17, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

An interesting example of the trailer being better than the film, not because it gave away all the good scenes, but because the scenes are only funny in a vacuum.

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline
CraveOnline

The Sitter is a pretty funny, absurdist 'worst babysitter ever' story that gives glimpses of serious commentary disguised by dick jokes and the David Gordon Green Pineapple Express & Your Highness ethos - without ever surpassing it's predecessors.

April 26, 2012 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

Hill has a natural talent for making any situation funny with his deadpan humor, but in The Sitter it only goes so far.

April 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com
Scene-Stealers.com

I'm a child of the 80s, as is Green. So his raunchy homage to Adventures in Babysitting did not go without notice. Unfortunately, it did not go with much laughter either.

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

A crass, but sweet nod to Uncle Buck, flavored with funny characters, a few sparks of drama, and a few too many cliches.

March 22, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

I don't think I'm too demanding. All I ask for in a comedy is that it be funny. And in "The Sitter," too often gross-outs and foul language substitute for humor.

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

I'm starting to wonder, truly and sincerely, if [director and former indie wunderkind] David Gordon Green is suffering from one of those brain tumors that radically alters one's personality...

February 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

One of those films for brainless nerds which Hollywood insists on churning out.

January 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

81 joyless minutes.

January 25, 2012 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray | Comment (1)
The Ooh Tray

Hugely dislikable...

January 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

This is yet another David Gordon Green comedy that fails to tap into its dark, noirish potential.

January 21, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

The Sitter is a lazy, write-by-numbers dramatic comedy that even has nauseating time for picking up a foxy lady.

January 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Real.com

There are a few funny moments, but Gordon makes a mess trying to shake up the formula with too much sauce.

January 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

The picture is as laboured as its short-breathed protagonist.

January 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express | Comment (1)
Daily Express

Now is the time, surely, for David Gordon Green to return to the arthouse Terrence Malick persona that first won us over a decade ago.

January 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

David Gordon Green's latest beer-soakage comedy contains one, just one, reminder of what made him a hugely promising independent filmmaker a decade ago.

January 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Nowhere near as funny as it ought to be and is badly let down by some dodgy racial stereotyping.

January 18, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Audience Reviews for The Sitter

The Sitter is a pretty bad comedy that just doesn't stand out. The way that the film is executed is using clichés and predictable storytelling. The film could really have been something funny and memorable, but it just fails in terms of effective comedic bits. Usually Jonah Hill is quite good, but here he's wasted on such a poorly made film. The film is nothing new and in terms of comedy, lacks anything that is truly funny. I didn't laugh one bit throughout the film, and I thought it was a poor attempt at comedy, and it failed to really entertain. If you're going to want a good comedy, you'll be disappointed by this film. Jonah Hill is wasted here, and he has made far better comedies than this. The film's biggest problem is that it relies on recycled ideas, and it waters down the jokes to a point where they're simply not funny. I was hoping that this was one of those underrated comedies, but it was not to be. This scraps the bottom of the barrel of screenwriting, and it's a film that's not worth investing your time in. Another thing I hated about the film was the fact that Sam Rockwell, who is one of my favorite actors, is also wasted here, and I wonder why he even accepted a role in such a pointless film. At least both Hill and Rockwell have standout filmographies, as this one is just a film that's forgettable among countless other great films that they have made. The Sitter is a poor comedy that just doesn't make you laugh, and it relies way too much on poorly constructed material that makes this film fail. Considering some of the talent involved, you'd expect this one to be mildly amusing, but it just is a train wreck that is not worth seeing.
April 14, 2014
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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An update on Adventures in Babysitting for a new generation, and no less watchable.
January 7, 2014
danperry17

Super Reviewer

Gets off to a promising start, but ultimately gets less funny as it goes along. I really liked the little girl character - she is hilarious. The El Salvador boy is a little stereotyped as is the gay roller skater. Not bad light entertainment, but Superbad is a similar type of movie which did this better.
April 4, 2013
romy861

Super Reviewer

I'm not sure the Sitter deserves all the slating it's received. It's no masterpiece but it has enough funny moments to enjoy. It's over the top and a bit silly but I think that's to its credit, I don't think it ever intended to be more than it is and compared with the majority of comedies released in the last couple of years it's definitely above average. I was entertained throughout. Adventures in Babysitting was a silly film too, for girls really, The Sitter is for boys I guess!?
January 9, 2013
SirPant

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    1. Noah: Mum, tell whoever's on the phone that there's a perfect pancake.
    – Submitted by Jesse C (6 months ago)
    1. Noah: Respect it, don't neglect it.
    – Submitted by Il H (8 months ago)
    1. Rodrigo: I bite off your ear, then you don't hear nothing!
    – Submitted by Sydney P (18 months ago)
    1. Noah: These are not children! They are little people! This woman has children who have children!
    2. Blithe: Hi, I'm a grandma!
    – Submitted by VaLori G (2 years ago)
    1. Karl: I am now accepting applications for my 8th best friend.
    – Submitted by Jessica W (2 years ago)
    1. Blithe: Lookin' all fly on my way to the club, gonna dance all night, and get fucked up!
    – Submitted by Jessica W (2 years ago)
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