The Good Son (1993)
Average Rating: 4.2/10
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Average Rating: 4.3/10
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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
Sep 24, 1993 Wide
Feb 3, 2004
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
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This peculiar thriller doesn't deliver enough jolts to leave the audience screaming.
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.
The Good Son has a handsome, scenic look that sustains interest, and a suspenseful ending that is quite literally gripping.
I guarantee you this would have been 100% more effective if Wood and Culkin switched roles
Not a good movie, but a creepy performance by Culkin rescues it.
An unintentionally uproarious melodrama; a must-see for fans of the truly terrible
Tacky, sloppy genre exercise about how when screws are loose, even children can be psychotic.
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.
- Henry Evans: Don't fuck with me.
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