The Good Son Reviews

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Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
May 22, 2012
I guarantee you this would have been 100% more effective if Wood and Culkin switched roles
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 25, 2007
A second-rate thriller with first-rate production values.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Brian Lowry
Variety
July 25, 2007
This peculiar thriller doesn't deliver enough jolts to leave the audience screaming.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 25, 2007
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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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
A summer camp classic.
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
July 16, 2003
Not a good movie, but a creepy performance by Culkin rescues it.
| Original Score: 3/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 15, 2003
An unintentionally uproarious melodrama; a must-see for fans of the truly terrible
| Original Score: 0/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The Good Son has a handsome, scenic look that sustains interest, and a suspenseful ending that is quite literally gripping.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 12, 2003
Almost worth it to see Macauly Culkin's demise. Almost.
| Original Score: 2/5
Robert Faires
Austin Chronicle
February 10, 2002
Not The Bad Seed but not bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Greg Muskewitz
eFilmCritic.com
February 6, 2002
Tacky, sloppy genre exercise about how when screws are loose, even children can be psychotic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 5/10
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
You sit there laughing at Culkin's best comedy ever. If only this movie wasn't supposed to be a horror picture.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Where were the responsible adults when this thing was made?
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie is a creepy, unpleasant experience, made all the worse because it stars children too young to understand the horrible things we see them doing.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
At best, this film is strictly cable fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 6, 2005
| Original Score: 1/5
Rebecca Murray
About.com
April 20, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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