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: November 16, 1990
DVD Release Date: October 5, 1999
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55%
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79%

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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Home Alone is frequently funny and led by a terrific starring turn from Macaulay Culkin, but an uneven script and a premise stretched unreasonably thin make it hard to wholeheartedly recommend.

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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David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org

Two decades after it dominated the international box office, the idea continues to carry an almost parasitic charm, as if the underlying subtext of young Kevin's antics are like devices of adamant rebellion that refuse to fade quietly into the night.

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Variety Staff
Variety

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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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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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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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Straw Dogs lite.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
An entertaining (but overrated) Christmas family movie that may be thin and silly (especially in its third act) but is also refreshingly funny and tender, with… 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
Directors Cat
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