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The Good Son (1993)



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

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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


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Ian McEwan

Feb 3, 2004

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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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.

July 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

July 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A summer camp classic.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The Good Son has a handsome, scenic look that sustains interest, and a suspenseful ending that is quite literally gripping.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Where were the responsible adults when this thing was made?

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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At best, this film is strictly cable fare.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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I guarantee you this would have been 100% more effective if Wood and Culkin switched roles

May 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

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

July 25, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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 | Comments (4)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Not The Bad Seed but not bad.

February 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

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

February 6, 2002 Full Review Source:

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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

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

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for The Good Son

Macaulay Culkin is really a good actor. This movie was really good.
June 8, 2010
Dead Angel

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Macaulay Culkin is creepy
March 15, 2010

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.
November 24, 2009

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.
October 1, 2009
Randy Tippy

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