Home Alone (1990)



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Home Alone is the highly successful and beloved family comedy about a young boy named Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) who is accidentally left behind when his family takes off for a vacation in France over the holiday season. Once he realizes they've left him home alone, he learns to fend for himself and, eventually has to protect his house against two bumbling burglars (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) who are planning to rob every house in Kevin's suburban Chicago neighborhood. Though the film's slapstick … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: John Hughes
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On DVD: Oct 5, 1999
Twentieth Century Fox - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Home Alone

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (8)

The movie is quite enjoyable as long as it explores the fantasy of a neglected little boy having an entire house of his own to explore and play in, and it still manages to be fun when he exhibits superhuman ingenuity and resourcefulness.

Full Review… | July 26, 2011
Chicago Reader
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Pic boasts wonderful casting, with Culkin a delight as funny, resilient Kevin, and O'Hara bringing a snappy, zesty energy to the role of mom.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
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[The movie has] an inconsistency of mood not helped by abrupt editing and Columbus' sometimes self-conscious direction.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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[A] surprisingly charming film, which may be the first Christmas black comedy for children.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Chris Columbus's junky, rambunctiously funny Home Alone is every kid's anarchical wish come true.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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If Home Alone had limited itself to the things that might possibly happen to a forgotten 8-year-old, I think I would have liked it more.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Home Alone

A very good slapstick family film backed up with good performances from the adult cast. Kulkin....not so much. I particularly enjoy the burglars enthusiasm in the film. By no means however one of the most brilliant christmas films out there. Over rated but christmas fun.

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If you want some good old fashion family violence...look no further. This is brutal man. Those guys took the beating of a lifetime....And it's funny as hell. Great storytelling....very funny buildup to how they find out he's home alone...and how he finds out they are coming to break in. This was a good year for Pesci. Nothing bas about GoodFellas. But this is what he should have got the Oscar for... (don't poop your pants....it's a joke)...He was really good though...

Martin Sahlin

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Kevin McCallister: This is my house, I have to defend it. 

"A Family Comedy Without The Family."

I've never been the biggest fan of Home Alone. That isn't to say that I hate it, but it just isn't a great family movie by any stretch of the imagination. It is relatively entertaining and moderately funny, but it ends up being just average. Culkin annoys the hell out of me in this movie and since he ends up being by himself for a good majority of the movie, annoying is going to be the lasting impression I take from it.

A family is going to Paris for Christmas. The night before they go, the power goes out and everyone wakes up late. In a rush to get to the airport, a little boy, Kevin, is left all alone at home. The family doesn't realize this until they are in the air on the way to Paris. To make matters worse, two burglars are robbing all the families that are gone on the families street, and since all of them are supposed to be gone, Kevin's house is on the list.

I will admit that as a kid I really did enjoy watching this movie, but over the years as I have watched it more and more, I have grown annoyed by the movie. It doesn't offer me anything. As a kid, the notion of being left at home is terrifying, but once you grow up it is easy to see that the situation isn't serious at all. 

It isn't a horrible movie and it is sure to keep all the kids entertained and laughing at its childish humor throughout.

Melvin White

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