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Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991)

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Five siblings are left alone all summer when their mom leaves town and the evil babysitter bites the dust.


  • Christina Applegate
  • Joanna Cassidy
  • John Getz
  • Josh Charles
  • Keith Coogan
  • Concetta Tomei
  • David Duchovny
  • Kimmy Robertson
  • Jayne Brook
  • Eda Reiss Merin

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Watching the movie made me think of those subteen career novels I used to read in grade school, with titles like Brent Jones, Boy Reporter. They were always about how some kid got a lucky break and got hired by a newspaper, where of course he quickly learned the ropes and scooped the world on a big story, after which he got a telegram from the president and went off to college with a rosy future ahead of him. Those books came from a more innocent time, but Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead has been made in the same spirit.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Miss Applegate is charming when the screenplay allows her to slow down. Working against her is the director, Stephen Herek, who pushes every gag so hard and fast that he seems to be keeping up with a laugh track only he can hear.

Metacritic review by Vincent Canby
Vincent Canby
The New York Times