Home Alone
Home Alone (1990)

Home Alone is the highly successful and beloved family comedy about a young boy named Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) who is accidentally left behind when his family takes off for a vacation in France over the holiday season. Once he realizes… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 5, 1999
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Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The movie is quite enjoyable as long as it explores the fantasy of a neglected little boy having an entire house of his own to explore and play in, and it still manages to be fun when he exhibits superhuman ingenuity and resourcefulness.

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Caryn James
New York Times

[A] surprisingly charming film, which may be the first Christmas black comedy for children.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A better director could have helped the film out considerably, even saved it... But even then, the script is tremendously weak, by Hughes's standards or anybody else's.

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Variety Staff

Pic boasts wonderful casting, with Culkin a delight as funny, resilient Kevin, and O'Hara bringing a snappy, zesty energy to the role of mom.

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Jeanne Cooper
Washington Post

This holiday contender from John Hughes is too crass, too loud and too violent to be added blithely to Christmas viewing traditions. But it is funny.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Straw Dogs lite.

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Time Out

[The movie has] an inconsistency of mood not helped by abrupt editing and Columbus' sometimes self-conscious direction.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

If Home Alone had limited itself to the things that might possibly happen to a forgotten 8-year-old, I think I would have liked it more.

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This is engaging and frequently hilarious. But the joke is stretched a bit too far.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
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A very good slapstick family film backed up with good performances from the adult cast. Kulkin....not so much. I particularly enjoy the burglars enthusiasm in… More
KJ Proulx
From the ridiculousness to the very funny (yet highly unlikely) premise, "Home Alone" is a classic holiday film, although it's probability levels… More
Martin Sahlin
If you want some good old fashion family violence...look no further. This is brutal man. Those guys took the beating of a lifetime....And it's funny as… More
Alex roy
Considering that I don't really like Macaulay Culkin, I'm surprised I even liked this. This was one of the films from my childhood and though… More
Melvin White
Kevin McCallister: This is my house, I have to defend it.  "A Family Comedy Without The Family." I've never been the biggest fan of Home Alone.… More
Jim Careter
A Cgristmas classic, i watch this every year, I loved it, all of it, it was great, and hilarious.