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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | June 7, 1991
'Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead'Starring Christina Applegate and Joanna Cassidy.Directed by Stephen HerekReleased by Warner Bros.Rated PG-13.** 1/2"Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead" is both a swindle and a surprise. It's a swindle in that the highly advertised premise -- wild kids and a dead baby sitter -- is dispensed with in maybe seven minutes, after which it becomes our old friend from the '80s, the switch-role comedy.And here's the surprise: In this later incarnation, it's not exactly good but it's less bad than you might think, primarily because Christina Applegate, the space-head teen queen from "Married . . . with Children," proves herself an accomplished light comedienne and she's ably assisted by the un-dislikable Joanna Cassidy and the ever-smarmy John Getz.
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Amy Watts and For The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
Tonight's going to be BRUTAL, with four dancers eliminated so we can get down to a Top 10 for next week. The top 14 do a group dance with a lot of white clothes. Ricky gets featured A LOT, in case you're wondering who this season's darling is. Jacque, though, gets a tremendous leap that elicits a "Whoa" from the audience and my mom. The contestants are introduced in pairs, based on who they danced with last week -- the notable exception being Jessica & Casey, newly paired after their former partners were eliminated last week: Valerie Rockey & Ricky Ubeda Bridget Whitman & Emilio Dosal Tanisha Belnap & Rudy Abreu Carly Blaney & Serge Onik Emily James & Teddy Coffey Jacque LaWarne & Zack Everhart Jessica Richens & Casey Askew Stacey Tookey choreographed the opening number.
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December 10, 2007
Critic's Pick -- Samantha (Christina Applegate) risks ruining her relationship by moving things too fast in Samantha Who? (9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2).
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter | August 20, 2008
The Rocker sees itself as two things: a testimony to the liberating power of rock and a showcase for the comedic talents of Rainn Wilson. Too bad it shortchanges the music and fails to provide much evidence for Wilson's appeal. It's a film that sometimes wants to be School of Rock, sometimes wants to be This Is Spinal Tap, but ends up more like an uninspired episode of The Partridge Family. Wilson stars as Robert "Fish" Fishman, the Pete Best of heavy metal. Like Best, who can lay claim to being the unluckiest drummer in history by virtue of having been fired from The Beatles about a year before they hit the big time, Fish is doomed to be little more than a footnote to rock history.
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By ORLANDO SENTINEL | March 21, 2003
View From the Top is soooooo not funny. Set up as a mild send-up of small-town girls pursuing the "glamour" of careers as flight attendants, it never comes to life. It rarely even reaches the level of cute. Gwyneth Paltrow never seems quite dumb enough to be the rube from Silver Springs, Nev., who dreams of the jet-set and that dream route, "Paris, International, First Class." Christina Applegate, cast because of what she did for Cameron Diaz in The Sweetest Thing, has the thankless role of sidekick, a fellow stewardess on the "full, upright and locked" career track.
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By Gene Seymour and Gene Seymour,NEWSDAY | October 22, 2004
As a public service, it is our solemn duty to tell you to avoid being seduced by the smirking holiday veneer worn by Surviving Christmas. If you need heartwarming, Christmas-inspired misanthropy, the nearest available DVD of Bad Santa remains your first, best option. And Ben Affleck is a principal reason for this. OK, maybe not Affleck so much as the moviemakers who expect us to spend even five minutes in the company of his character, Drew Latham, an advertising mogul who's such a self-aggrandizing shark he believes he can "sell whale steaks to Greenpeace."
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | April 6, 2001
"Just Visiting" is what happens when you take the various components of a movie, throw them into a blender and turn it on. You get a mess. This painfully unhinged remake of the 1993 French comedy "Les Visiteurs" imprisons fine actors in a comedy that's pretty unfunny, with no sense of pacing, and no sense of plot or story development. In fact, there's little sense of anything but panic - particularly by the filmmakers, who apparently tried everything short of black magic to salvage this turkey.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | April 12, 2002
In the hands of lesser actresses, The Sweetest Thing would be just another raunchy comedy, the only difference being that this go-round, it's the women being raunchy. But Cameron Diaz is so infectiously high-spirited, Christina Applegate is so resolutely anarchic, Selma Blair is so believably naive, and their energy is so rampant, and all three are so obviously having a good time ... Hey, if they're having so much fun, then I, for one, am willing to watch. Even if the raunch-o-meter occasionally charts a little high.
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By Lou Cedrone | June 7, 1991
If you're willing to settle for one third of a film, ''Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead'' might do.For the first hour or so, the movie is a largely mirthless affair in which a woman leaves her five children in the care of an aged baby-sitter.When the baby-sitter dies, the kids decide they will keep her demise a secret. They'll make it on their own, they figure. They want the freedom.The oldest of the five is a 17-year old girl who, when the kids can't find the money left in the baby-sitter's care, decides she will go to work.
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May 12, 2008
Critic's Pick -- Samantha (Christina Applegate) puts the brakes on her romance with Todd in Samantha Who? (9:32 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2).
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By Tim Swift and Tim Swift,SUN REPORTER | October 15, 2007
Baked goods inexplicably loom large in the new ABC comedy Samantha Who? Birthday cakes, lemon squares, cupcakes and muffins: Nary a pastry is neglected. Seriously, they trigger the pilot's cathartic meltdown. That meltdown is inevitable after the title character (Christina Applegate) wakes up from a hit-and-run accident with amnesia. Now she's a good person trapped in the body of a vicious vixen who juggled lovers, lifted lattes and terrorized underlings. The brisk single-camera sitcom, which premieres tonight, strives for the comedic gold mine of an unlikable central character while fulfilling the need for a good-natured leading lady.
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By Zap2it.com | May 15, 2007
For the third year in a row, ABC is likely to be the busiest network at this week's upfronts. It is expected to announce the pickup of 10 new series for 2007- 2008 at its upfront this week. The new shows include the Grey's Anatomy spinoff Private Practice, a pair of dramas from Greg Berlanti, and Cavemen, a comedy based on car-insurance ads, the showbiz trade papers report. ABC makes things official today, when it presents its slate for next season to advertisers. Private Practice stars Kate Walsh, whose Grey's Anatomy character, Dr. Addison Montgomery, will be moving to Los Angeles.
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By Gene Seymour and Gene Seymour,NEWSDAY | October 22, 2004
As a public service, it is our solemn duty to tell you to avoid being seduced by the smirking holiday veneer worn by Surviving Christmas. If you need heartwarming, Christmas-inspired misanthropy, the nearest available DVD of Bad Santa remains your first, best option. And Ben Affleck is a principal reason for this. OK, maybe not Affleck so much as the moviemakers who expect us to spend even five minutes in the company of his character, Drew Latham, an advertising mogul who's such a self-aggrandizing shark he believes he can "sell whale steaks to Greenpeace."
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