• Release Date: May 9, 2008
Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 5 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Kamal AL-Solaylee
    75
    If Leguizamo imports a hint of pathos into his performance, Waterston adds a dollop of menace to hers, delivering another of Ross's attacks on what separates girls from men. In this world, women are their own worst enemy.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    63
    There's no getting around the fact that Ross's whole cynical premise is based on the lurid male assumption that nubile, college-bound teens have few qualms about selling themselves, a fantasy as deluded as the targets of Ross's barbed arrows.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    60
    The film remains engaging in no small part because of the beguiling and enigmatic performance of Waterston, daughter of "Law & Order" star Sam Waterston. It is a shame she isn't given a better context in which to thrive.
  4. Attempting to be this generation's "Risky Business," The Babysitters is the sort of ribald morality tale that manages to feel sleazy and decorous at the same time.
  5. Reviewed by: Alissa Simon
    50
    It ultimately fails to deliver on the audacity of its premise. Neither truly original nor a guilty-pleasure genre spin, the picture lacks a hook for general audiences who may find the subject matter distasteful as presented.
  6. It reads like a Cinemax special event, and as good as Leguizamo and Waterston are, the skeevy, fantasy-fulfillment plot that drives David Ross' movie is uncomfortably risky business.
  7. The premise is out of '70s porn, and so is the overbroad satire and almost total lack of conviction.
  8. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    30
    Ultimately, the film's view of female self-loathing and girl-on-girl exploitation is woefully reductive and painful.
  9. Shirley’s instant metamorphosis from insecure high school student to ruthless madam is ludicrous in spite of the best efforts of the talented Ms. Waterston to convince you otherwise. The Babysitters has the increasingly jerky momentum of a film that was butchered in the cutting room, sacrificing continuity and character development to whip the plot forward.
  10. 25
    I'd call it a depressing soft-core porn flick, but that overstates its titillation factor. Mainly it's just icky.
  11. 0
    A special place in purgatory must be reserved for John Leguizamo, who produced and stars in The Babysitters, a loathsome slice of exploitation at its most cynical and crass.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Oct 4, 2014
    9
    An excellent movie with fantastic performances that challenges puritan-based sexual taboos that maybe are not ready to be challenged in theAn excellent movie with fantastic performances that challenges puritan-based sexual taboos that maybe are not ready to be challenged in the USA yet. Katherine Watson is great in this film. The whole cast is solid. It is an entertaining, sexually daring, drama that is thoroughly enjoyable. I think it would have gained from more stylistic direction but I am glad this movie was made. While it is not surprising that most critics felt they had to condemn the content it is interesting to see which values are acceptable to shatter in any given decade. Anyway, some of us thoroughly enjoy watching films that break rules. This is a good movie. Full Review »
  2. Jul 5, 2014
    10
    This was the greatest movie i have ever seen, it needs a squeal though as it ended suddenly and left me wishing there was more. Does she goThis was the greatest movie i have ever seen, it needs a squeal though as it ended suddenly and left me wishing there was more. Does she go back to the work. Doesn't she. I have lost sleep over this. Full Review »