The Good Son
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Macaulay Culkin tries for a change of pace playing a schoolyard psychotic in The Good Son. When 12-year-old son Mark (Elijah Wood) is his mother's side as she's dying of cancer, she makes him promise her that she won't die. When she does die, Mark is consumed with grief, as well as guilt that he couldn't keep his promise. Mark's father Jack (David Morse) has to go away for a two week business trip to Tokyo shortly after his wife's death. Thinking that the blustery Maine environment will do him good, he drops Mark off with the family of his Uncle Wallace (Daniel High… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 24%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This peculiar thriller doesn't deliver enough jolts to leave the audience screaming."
‑ Brian Lowry, Variety
"The Good Son has a handsome, scenic look that sustains interest, and a suspenseful ending that is quite literally gripping."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"I guarantee you this would have been 100% more effective if Wood and Culkin switched roles"
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"An unintentionally uproarious melodrama; a must-see for fans of the truly terrible"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Tacky, sloppy genre exercise about how when screws are loose, even children can be psychotic."
‑ Greg Muskewitz,
"There's wonderful use made of a Maine port town, and Ruben gets a dizzying thrill or two out of overhead shots, but the conceptual overload finally prevents this from coming together."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Where were the responsible adults when this thing was made?"
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"A second-rate thriller with first-rate production values."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Almost worth it to see Macauly Culkin's demise. Almost."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Culkin shows that he might be more than a one-trick pony given a little seasoning. It just might be a good idea if his next trick is something original."
‑ Scott Renshaw,
"A summer camp classic."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"At best, this film is strictly cable fare."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Not a good movie, but a creepy performance by Culkin rescues it."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Not The Bad Seed but not bad."
‑ Robert Faires, Austin Chronicle
"Culkin is never really very believable in his role, though Wood does better, lending depth to a sketchily written character."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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