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Enjoyable if not particularly original, The Babysitter makes the most of its familiar genre ingredients with energetic direction and a killer cast. Read critic reviews

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When Cole stays up past his bedtime, he discovers that his hot baby sitter belongs to a satanic cult that will stop at nothing to keep him quiet.

Cast & Crew

Samuel Gilbert
Big Sam
Miles J. Harvey
Jeremy
Mark Mammone
Officer Martinez
McG
Director
Brian Duffield
Screenwriter
Steven Bello
Executive Producer
Brian Duffield
Executive Producer
James McGough
Executive Producer
David Siegel
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McG
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Douglas Pipes
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Shane Hurlbut
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Peter Gvozdas
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Rich Delia
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Sandy Hubshman
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Hannah Jacobs
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Critic Reviews for The Babysitter

All Critics (29) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (8)

  • Director McG and writer Brian Duffield deserve a lot of credit for The Babysitter, it isn't groundbreaking but it's a damn fun film that has just enough laughs and just enough gore to keep everyone interested.

    June 24, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Despite failing to deliver on everything promised during its first twenty minutes, it should satisfy fans of the genre. [Full review in Spanish]

    April 17, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Doesn't break the rules we've come to abide in the genre, if anything it follows them to a tee, but it's delight in being supremely distasteful earns the film a charm that's sorely been missed.

    February 15, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Filling a movie with horror archetypes (narcissistic cheerleader, psychotic jock, sassy comedic foil) isn't necessarily a bad thing, but this is a movie that at times feels woefully archaic.

    October 23, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Essentially a chase movie, but zippy, sexy, darkly funny, and constantly creative, with a fluid sense of space and movement, as well as lots of blood.

    August 23, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Perhaps a script that could have taken better advantage of the idea and the supernatural element would have helped us to forgive their mistakes. [Full Review in Spanish]

    August 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Babysitter

  • Nov 12, 2020
    From McG and Netflix comes the fun horror-comedy The Babysitter. When Cole stays awake to see what his babysitter does after he goes to bed he accidentally witnesses her and her friends committing a satanic ritual, and soon finds himself being hunted by them. Samara Weaving gives an excellent performance and makes for a compelling villain that's both beautiful and diabolically evil. And Judah Lewis is also pretty good (as child actors go), coming off as a smart, likable kid that audiences want to root for. Additionally, the film balances the comedy and horror quite well, in a tongue-in-check way. Still, some of it comes off as a little too cartoonish, and the gross-out humor doesn't quite fit. Yet despite having a few issues, The Babysitter delivers wicked laughs and entertaining thrills.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 21, 2018
    First things first, this is only the second movie I've seen her (second in a week too), but how good is Samara Weaving? That's a rhetorical question, I know the answer, she's fucking great. She kinda reminds me, physically, a bit of Margot Robbie and there's worse people out there to be compared to physically, let me tell you that right now. I don't wanna fawn over this woman, but she's supremely talented and she's, hopefully, gonna be a star in no time. Anyway, let's move on. Evil babysitter movies are a dime a dozen. I don't wanna say it's a played out, because while there's a bunch of these in existence, there's not as many as, say, slashers. I feel that there's still some life left in the genre and exploring new avenues with which to tell their story, whatever form it may take. I'm not gonna sit here and say that this is the best example of a fresh and clever angle with which to tell the evil babysitter story, but I will say that it is one that's quite a bit of fun. But it's also a movie whose quieter and more 'sensitive' moments, if they can be called that, feel at odds with what really should be a more fast-paced romp. And I get that these are scenes that probably help flesh out the characters, like give you more of an insight into Cole's personality and why he's scared of everything. It plays nicely into the concept of, really, this being a coming-of-age movie, where Cole pretty much conquers all of his fears in one long and messed up night, but I felt that the quieter scenes kept the pace from moving more briskly than it should have. And this is a movie that runs barely 80 minutes and for it to have pacing issues is a bit of a problem, at least to me. That's not really so much of a problem, I mean it is, but I still had fun watching this movie. There's obviously an 80s vibe throughout the movie. It has that sort of style, with Cole falling in love with his babysitter, and who could blame him, then coming to the realization that, she's an evil satanist who performs rituals to get her every wish. She needs the blood of the innocent for these rituals, hence why she's so close to Cole. Naturally, he's not the only kid she's done this to. During the film's events, however, she brings a group of friends to take part in the ritual as well. It's never made clear if this is the first time she's brought people into her rituals or not, but I guess it's really irrelevant in the long run. It just comes across as a way to introduce a diverse cast of stereotypical horror characters. There's the jock, the cheerleader, the hipster, the hot babysitter, and the class clown (I'm assuming). This allows the movie, given that it's mostly centered around this group, more bodies to dispose of in incredibly violent ways. One of the characters has the worst death of all of the characters possible and I feel that it's gonna be seen negatively, given the fact that the death involves the only black guy in the group. It's an incredibly gory death and it looks great, but there's that factor involved. The acting is strong all around. I've never thought Bella Thorne was a particularly good actress, but she's great as this dumb, vain cheerleader. She has a bunch of great one liners, particularly after she's shot in her boob. King Bach, who plays John, is also entertaining in his small role in the film. I've already mentioned how great Samara Weaving is. Judah Lewis is also surprisingly good as Cole. I don't wanna say the character has a lot of depth, but he brings life to this character and makes him a little more than just a 'straight man' to all the madness that is occurring around him. As I've mentioned, the gore is pretty great all things considered and, as I've mentioned, at 80 minutes long, in spite of its awkward pacing, never overstays its welcome. Don't really have much else to say about this, I had a fun time watching this. There are problems that, I felt, kept this from being a better movie. But that's really irrelevant in the long run. If you have Netflix and want a quick and easy horror movie to watch, then this is just what the doctor ordered. Not gonna blow your mind or anything like that, but if you have a group of friends with you, then this will be a blast to watch with them.
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  • Dec 09, 2017
    I may take issue with Samara Weaving, but a fun movie's a fun movie. End of story. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Robbie Amell in this, who in the past has always disappointed me. Those small praises aside, The Babysitter is not exactly groundbreaking cinema, and while I certainly enjoyed having it on in the background to a certain degree, I didn't get enough from it to say it's outright worth your time.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2017
    A hilarious gory movie that makes us laugh out loud with its surreal dialogue, bizarre situations and absurd deaths, all that while combining comedy and horror in a very efficient way and benefiting from some good performances by Judah Lewis and Samara Weaving.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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