'The Sitter' Critic Reviews

83%
MovieWeb:   3 reviews
22%
Rotten Tomatoes:   110 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    42
    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 » 3 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    20
    Now is the time, surely, for David Gordon Green to return to the arthouse Terrence Malick persona that first won us over a decade ago.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Scott Bowles USA Today (Top Critic)
    38
    [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 » 3 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    38
    [Its] most valuable contribution to the cinematic landscape is its blessedly brief 80-minute running time.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    Is it OK to wonder what alien has taken over David Gordon Green's body?
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Melissa Anderson Village Voice (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    20
    [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 » 3 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    75
    A weirdly charming comedy that puts an irresponsible guy in charge of three unhappy kids. Who'll crumble first?
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    25
    I am so very, very tired of movies like this.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    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 » 3 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    50
    While The Sitter isn't that dumb, or dreadful, there really isn't much going on here.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    70
    You'll probably be surprised at how much you end up enjoying it.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Debruge Variety (Top Critic)
    This ostensibly wild-and-crazy romp plays things too close to the book to feel genuinely wild or crazy.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    It's smart, funny, agreeably perverse and simultaneously abrupt and exhausting.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
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  • Bruce Demara Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    38
    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 » 3 years ago
  • Laremy Legel Film.com (Top Critic)
    59
    It does not care for your soft comedy.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    38
    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 » 3 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    50
    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 » 3 years ago
  • John DeFore Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Jonah Hill bites off more than he can chew in this '80s up-all-night comedy.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Germain Associated Press (Top Critic)
    38
    "The Sitter" really fails in the physical comedy department with an assault of mean, humorless sight gags.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mary F. Pols TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Richard Roeper Richard Roeper.com (Top Critic)
    0
    This is a warped, terribly misguided and often incredibly tasteless film.
    Full Review » 3 years ago