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The Good Son (1993)


Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 19

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 9
Fresh: 3
Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 52,479



Movie Info

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 … More

Mystery & Suspense , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Ian McEwan
In Theaters:
Feb 3, 2004
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for The Good Son

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (19) | DVD (3)

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

Where were the responsible adults when this thing was made?

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

At best, this film is strictly cable fare.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 22, 2012
Sin Magazine

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

Full Review… | July 25, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Not a good movie, but a creepy performance by Culkin rescues it.

July 16, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

An unintentionally uproarious melodrama; a must-see for fans of the truly terrible

July 15, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

Almost worth it to see Macauly Culkin's demise. Almost.

May 12, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Not The Bad Seed but not bad.

Full Review… | February 10, 2002
Austin Chronicle

Tacky, sloppy genre exercise about how when screws are loose, even children can be psychotic.

Full Review… | February 6, 2002

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Culkin is never really very believable in his role, though Wood does better, lending depth to a sketchily written character.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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


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 doesn't work on any level.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

The Good Son Quotes

Henry Evans:
Don't fuck with me.
– Submitted by Wesley W (2 years ago)

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