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The Good Son (1993)



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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 Kelly). At first, Mark is withdrawn, but soon he begins to warm to his Aunt Susan (Wendy Crewson), his cousin Connie (Quinn Culkin), and particularly his cousin Henry (Macauley Culkin). Mark and Henry pal around together, but Mark begins to notice some of Henry's ideas of fun differ significantly from his own. For example, Henry demonstrates his homemade crossbow by killing the neighbor's dog, and shows Mark his dummy (called "Mr. Highway") that he drops from an overpass onto a highway, causing a 10-car pileup. Mark begins to suspect that the death of Henry's baby brother wasn't an accident, and it appears Henry is now making plans to rub out his sister. But when Mark tries to warn Henry's parents of their son's homicidal tendencies, they refuse to listen to him. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ian McEwan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 3, 2004
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


Macaulay Culkin
as Henry Evans
Elijah Wood
as Mark Evans
Wendy Crewson
as Susan Evans
David Morse
as Jack Evans
Daniel Hugh Kelly
as Wallace Evans
Jacqueline Brookes
as Alice Davenport
Quinn Culkin
as Connie Evans
Guy Strauss
as Arizona Doctor
Keith Brava
as Doctor in Blackport
Jerem Goodwin
as Factory Worker
Andria Hall
as Reporter
Bobby Huber
as Axe Man
Susan Hopper
as Woman at Rescue
Rory Culkin
as Richard in Picture
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Critic Reviews for The Good Son

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (9)

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

Full Review… | July 25, 2007
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 25, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A summer camp classic.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

You sit there laughing at Culkin's best comedy ever. If only this movie wasn't supposed to be a horror picture.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Where were the responsible adults when this thing was made?

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Good Son


Macaulay Culkin is really a good actor. This movie was really good.

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer


Macaulay Culkin is creepy

Jeremy Smith

Super Reviewer

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 effective mainly due to their performances. The plot is very creepy and a well done child horror.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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