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The Babysitters Reviews

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Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
May 17, 2008
A pathetic excuse to trot out a procession of teenage girls in the raw, performing graphic simulated sex acts with your basic suburban family man drooling all over himself.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 16, 2008
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.
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
May 15, 2008
Their customers are awkward enough that we're able to believe the girls are in control, or at least aware that they're the highlight of the men's week.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 9, 2008
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
Ken Fox
TV Guide
May 9, 2008
David Ross's stylishly tawdry black comedy fits neatly between Heathers and American Beauty. The Babysitters Club this ain't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
May 9, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 9, 2008
Although the film is pitched as dark comedy, there's nothing very funny about the sexualization of teenagers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 9, 2008
I'd call it a depressing soft-core porn flick, but that overstates its titillation factor. Mainly it's just icky.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 9, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
May 9, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
May 9, 2008
You can see the potential in this off-kilter coming-of-age story, and it's a pity it never quite adds up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kamal Al-Solaylee
Globe and Mail
May 9, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Edward Havens
FilmJerk.com
May 8, 2008
Is Ross trying to mimic Michael Haneke, daring his audience to be disgusted by the very titillating premise which probably brought them to the movie in the first place?
Full Review | Original Score: D
Paul Brenner
Filmcritic.com
May 8, 2008
confused
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
May 8, 2008
Like the pilot for an awful, misguided joint venture between FX and the CW.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
May 8, 2008
There's little real wit here and, as far as teen-chick antics go, it's definitely no Heathers or Clueless, not even Cruel Intentions.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 7, 2008
The premise is out of '70s porn, and so is the overbroad satire and almost total lack of conviction.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Mark Peikert
New York Press
May 7, 2008
By undermining the subtle feminism of his movie, [director] Ross ends up undermining the whole thing, culminating in a terrifying parking-lot scene that doesn't quite make sense.
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Ed Gonzalez
Village Voice
May 7, 2008
Woefully reductive and painful.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 7, 2008
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.
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