Box art for The Baby Sitters Club

The Baby Sitters Club

children & family, comedy, drama

Based on the best-selling book series about seven friends whose babysitting business leads to adventure.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 9
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
1 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
4 out of 5

A "girlfriends" story with a great message for tweens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that while some of the young teen characters make poor choices in this movie, they ultimately learn their lessons and serve as strong role models.Two main characters lie to their friends, family, and sometimes put others at risk, but these tests of independence and friendship ultimately reinforce the message that kids need to rely on others and make positive choices. There is some flirting and a bit of kissing between teens, and the romantic relationship between a 13-year-old girl and 17-year-old boy is a central plot point. While there's little swearing and no alcohol or drug use, at times the movie is like an ad for popular food products.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the danger of keeping secrets. What should you do if an adult ever asks you to keep a secret from your parents? Who should you talk to if your parent is the person asking you to keep the secret? When is keeping a secret OK?
  • Are the girls in this movie role models? What defines a role model to you? How are the girls in this movie different from some others in contemporary movies about tweens and teens?
  • Did you notice the brand-name products in the movie? Do you think these products were there to make the movie feel more realistic, or were they paid for by the companies? Do these sorts of product placements make you more likely to buy the items?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: The Baby-Sitters Club is like an average installment of the series, aimed at girls who can't get enough of their fictional friends in any form.

- Caryn James, New York Times, Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Rotten: 85 minutes doesn't provide an adequate format for developing seven distinct characters.

- Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle, Saturday, January 1, 2000


- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

1 star

Once again, embarrassed to say that I'v seen most of this. Watch it and seriously tell yourself that you were blown away... You might be stricken down with the plague immediately after

- 21rclemente, Tuesday, February 8, 2011

3 stars

Giiirl, I do not even care how many people know how much I love this movie. Although the so-called "serious" problem Kristy had with her spineless dad was boring, this brings back childhood memories to the max. Sissy Spacek's daughter was surprisingly impressive, Rachel Leigh Cook was an amazing Mary Ann, and Bre Blair is gorgeous, even at 15 or however old she was. I really want to be friends with all seven of them even though as of now I'm, like, more than four years older than them. I would be Stacey's creepy boyfriend Luca. There is surprisingly a lot of kissing for a middle school movie.

- jennifxu, Monday, July 18, 2011

3 stars

It's hard to put the hard-hitting drama of the Baby Sitters Club series to film, but they did it...they did it to the sunflowery Baby Sitters Club finest.

- Surfer567Rosa, Monday, December 20, 2010