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The Sitter Reviews

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
January 17, 2012
A noisy, unfocused, frequently annoying and intermittently offensive slapstick misfire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
December 14, 2011
It does not care for your soft comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
December 13, 2011
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.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 10, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
December 9, 2011
The Sitter seems to have a good heart, so why all the glib racism?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
December 9, 2011
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.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 9, 2011
A weirdly charming comedy that puts an irresponsible guy in charge of three unhappy kids. Who'll crumble first?
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 9, 2011
If you can get past that rude-awakening opening - and some of the rougher humor - there's a comedy here. And probably the last halfway acceptable one of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 9, 2011
Somehow, even in this foul climate, Hill manages to stay likeable, although the strain definitely shows. The same cannot be said of director David Gordon Green.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 9, 2011
[Its] most valuable contribution to the cinematic landscape is its blessedly brief 80-minute running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 9, 2011
It's smart, funny, agreeably perverse and simultaneously abrupt and exhausting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
December 9, 2011
[A] terribly unfunny and overwhelmingly raunchy film that stars the normally likable, or at least comically forgivable, Jonah Hill. He is neither here.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
December 9, 2011
Jonah Hill bites off more than he can chew in this '80s up-all-night comedy.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
December 8, 2011
This is a warped, terribly misguided and often incredibly tasteless film.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 8, 2011
None of the story's squishiness come as a real surprise, though the thinness of the material and Mr. Green's apparent willingness to settle for so little do.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
December 8, 2011
[A] well-intentioned mess of a comedy so desperate for laughs it crams a half-dozen story arcs into the plot without telling one of them well.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 8, 2011
Sit this one out.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 8, 2011
As with many R-rated studio comedies, the transgressive humor isn't nearly as offensive as the phony sentiment that's supposed to redeem it.
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December 8, 2011
Hill's trademark verbal hyperactivity never truly breaks through a script that's way more complicated than it needs to be.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
December 8, 2011
This ostensibly wild-and-crazy romp plays things too close to the book to feel genuinely wild or crazy.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 8, 2011
A needlessly frenzied, pseudo-raunch comedy that whips up a whole lot of R-rated antics only to arrive at crunchy PG-13 lessons in love and tolerance.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 8, 2011
While The Sitter isn't that dumb, or dreadful, there really isn't much going on here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
December 8, 2011
It features a script that strains credulity well beyond the breaking point in one situation after another, that the characters are mostly not believable or particularly sympathetic and that the moral ethos of its protagonist borders on sociopathic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 8, 2011
Is it OK to wonder what alien has taken over David Gordon Green's body?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 8, 2011
[Green] seems to think slowly wiggling the camera, as if it were on a waterbed filled with Jell-O, will up the yuks. And Hill winds up as a junior-version Uncle Buck.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
December 8, 2011
You'll probably be surprised at how much you end up enjoying it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
December 8, 2011
The Sitter is predicated on a belief that chunky Jonah Hill, or at least the persona he presents, is secretly supercool. While it turns out to be a wisp of a movie, on that front at least, it is persuasive.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 8, 2011
This odious, hypocritical movie marks director David Gordon Green's transformation into full-on hack.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 8, 2011
I hope Green one day finds a way to bridge the style and rhythm of his early pictures (the ones that didn't make money) and the bumper-car approach of "The Sitter."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
December 8, 2011
"The Sitter" really fails in the physical comedy department with an assault of mean, humorless sight gags.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
December 8, 2011
The precocious naf behind George Washington hasn't disappeared entirely here -- it just takes a little squinting to see him.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
December 8, 2011
A toxic landfill of a picture filled with pee jokes, poop jokes, fart jokes, sex jokes and drug jokes, all unfunny. Not to mention ethnic stereotypes, gay stereotypes, obnoxious children, loutish adults, car chases and exploding toilets.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 8, 2011
I am so very, very tired of movies like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4