The Good Son
The Good Son (1993)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 24, 1993
DVD Release Date: February 3, 2004
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Critic Score: 27% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Brian Lowry

This peculiar thriller doesn't deliver enough jolts to leave the audience screaming.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

The Good Son has a handsome, scenic look that sustains interest, and a suspenseful ending that is quite literally gripping.

Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media

Creepy '90s thriller about murderous kid has violence.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Where were the responsible adults when this thing was made?

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Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

I guarantee you this would have been 100% more effective if Wood and Culkin switched roles

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Derek Adams
Time Out

A summer camp classic.

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James Berardinelli

At best, this film is strictly cable fare.

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TV Guide

A second-rate thriller with first-rate production values.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Dead Angel
Macaulay Culkin is really a good actor. This movie was really good.
Randy Tippy
It pains me (a little) to say this, as much as I like Elijah Wood, but this one blew chunks. In all fairness, it's not Elijah's fault. This just… More
Jeremy Smith
Macaulay Culkin is creepy
Jason Owens
Mark (Elijah Wood) is a boy who's mother has just died. His dad carries him over to stay with his aunt, uncle, and cousins for a couple of weeks right… More
Conner Rainwater
This was a great performance piece for Elijah Wood and Macaulay Culkin. They were both extremely well polished and realistic. The story is convincing and… More
Drew Smith
Just a formulaic second-rate thriller, bereft of originality and insight and marred by a totally appalling ending. This shit is bad, and barely in a fun way -… More

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