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The Sitter


Genre :

Comedy, Drama

Release Date :

December 09, 2011

MPAA Rating :


Director :

David Gordon Green

Starring :

Jonah Hill, Ari Graynor, Sam Rockwell, Landry Bender, Erin Daniels, Method Man, Max Records, Kevin Hernandez, D.W. Moffett, J.B. Smoove

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

Review rate : D

“..you're supposed to make one movie for you and one for them - not everything for them..”
by Manohla Dargis [New York Times]
“..transgressive humor isn't nearly as offensive as the phony sentiment that's supposed to redeem it..”
by J. R. Jones [Chicago Reader]
Review rate : D

“..to feature this stuff with teens or adults in the cast, but having a 9-year-old girl along for the ride is especially noxious..”
by Peter Rainer [Christian Science Monitor]
“..this movie, considerably funnier than director Green's last..”
by Mary F. Pols [TIME Magazine]
“..the humor here manages to be every bit as juvenile, even as it qualifies as too raunchy for a PG rating..”
by Peter Debruge [Variety]
“..the film compensates for its comedy deficit by being overly saccharine..”
by Andrew Lapin [NPR]
1.5 of 4

“..someone is needed to make sense of this well-intentioned..”
by Scott Bowles [USA Today]
2 of 4

“..smothered by unfunny jokes, cliched drama, and a formulaic narrative..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
3 of 5

“..one worth watching, something that can be said of most of his films without hesitation..”
by Bill Goodykoontz [Arizona Republic]
1.5 of 4

“..moral bankruptcy, implausibility piled upon implausibility, unlikeable characters..”
by Bruce Demara [Toronto Star]
2 of 4

“..mildly funny adventures in extreme baby-sitting..”
by Michael Phillips [Chicago Tribune]
Review rate : D

“..its comic timing finds its rhythm about every fifth joke..”
by Ty Burr [Boston Globe]
Review rate : D

“..it was kind of a thrilling thing to witness..”
by Steven Rea [Philadelphia Inquirer]
1 of 5

“..is not only an atrocious shout-out to bad '80s comedies, it's also the kind of movie Jonah Hill should look at as a crass blast from his past..”
by Joe Neumaier [New York Daily News]
Review rate : C

“..a whole lot of R-rated antics only to arrive at crunchy PG-13 lessons in love and tolerance..”
by Lisa Schwarzbaum [Entertainment Weekly]

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