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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 they've left him home alone, he learns to fend for himself and, eventually has to protect his house against two bumbling burglars (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) who are planning to rob every house in Kevin's suburban Chicago neighborhood. Though the film's slapstick ending may be somewhat violent, Culkin's charming presence helped the film become one… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"[A] surprisingly charming film, which may be the first Christmas black comedy for children."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"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."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A hilarious comedy (although not a very believable one -- there can be no eight-year-olds this ingenious) that kids will love and adults won't mind sitting through either."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"watching this all again today with a critical eye reveals that Home Alone's prat-fall humor has gotten completely worn out"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Jeanne Cooper, Washington Post
"Straw Dogs lite."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A funny, but overrated family comedy"
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"This slapstick is vicious; a family film?"
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"[The movie has] an inconsistency of mood not helped by abrupt editing and Columbus' sometimes self-conscious direction."
‑ , Time Out
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This is engaging and frequently hilarious. But the joke is stretched a bit too far."
‑ , Film4
"There are few movies that can be described as never having a dull moment, and Home Alone fits in this small group. It's the perfect family holiday film."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Everyone involved ought to be sent home alone -- with no supper."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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