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Home Alone (1990)


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 22
Rotten: 19

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 8
Fresh: 5
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 1,021,288



Movie Info

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

Comedy , Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By:
John Hughes
In Theaters:
Oct 5, 1999
Twentieth Century Fox - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Home Alone

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (19) | DVD (22)

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

[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
Top Critic

[A] surprisingly charming film, which may be the first Christmas black comedy for children.

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

This holiday contender from John Hughes is too crass, too loud and too violent to be added blithely to Christmas viewing traditions. But it is funny.

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

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
Top Critic

A better director could have helped the film out considerably, even saved it... But even then, the script is tremendously weak, by Hughes's standards or anybody else's.

Full Review… | November 9, 2011
Antagony & Ecstasy

Straw Dogs lite.

Full Review… | July 26, 2011
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This is engaging and frequently hilarious. But the joke is stretched a bit too far.

Full Review… | July 26, 2011

A hilarious comedy (although not a very believable one -- there can be no eight-year-olds this ingenious) that kids will love and adults won't mind sitting through either.

Full Review… | July 26, 2011
Empire Magazine

A funny, but overrated family comedy

August 9, 2007
Cinema Crazed

There are few movies that can be described as never having a dull moment, and Home Alone fits in this small group. It's the perfect family holiday film.

Full Review… | January 25, 2007
7M Pictures

watching this all again today with a critical eye reveals that Home Alone's prat-fall humor has gotten completely worn out

Full Review… | November 5, 2006

This slapstick is vicious; a family film?

July 17, 2004
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Everyone involved ought to be sent home alone -- with no supper.

January 21, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Overrated. The burglar finale is great, but too much nonsense schmaltz. He was too forgiving of an abusive family. Sequel is a bit darker and a tad better.

July 14, 2003

A nice breath of fresh air for Director Hughes. The comedy keeps on flowing.

September 20, 2002

It might be dumb and corny, but I actually liked this flick.

Full Review… | September 10, 2002
Montreal Film Journal

Simplistic and stupid, but it made me laugh a lot. And compared to Part 2, it's real close to "Citizen Kane."

July 26, 2002

This is a film which manages to capture some of the best qualities of Christmas in a surprisingly enjoyable format and will provide the whole family with large quantities of festive spirit.

Full Review… | April 17, 2001

Home Alone is the apex, the pinnacle, the culmination of every bad bit Hughes has ever written or directed.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Austin Chronicle

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.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

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's a joke)...He was really good though...

Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer


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

Super Reviewer

From the ridiculousness to the very funny (yet highly unlikely) premise, "Home Alone" is a classic holiday film, although it's probability levels sky-rocket and give the film a pile of laughable scenes. The film is extremely predictable right from the very first scene, but the fact that you can look over that to see a great, heartwarming, holiday comedy, is A-okay in my book. From an unlikely premise, to silly dialogue, to great comedy, and concluding with a heart-felt ending, this film is a real treat for the whole family. I am not ashamed to say that I really enjoy this film and I will be watching it many more times during the christmas seasons to come!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Home Alone Quotes

Why the hell did you take your shoes off?
Why the hell are you dressed like a chicken?
– Submitted by Alyssa B (10 months ago)
Kate McCallister:
Hi! I'm calling from Paris. My son's home alone.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (11 months ago)
Do we wanna come back tomorrow?
Let's get outta here before someone sees us?
– Submitted by Alyssa B (11 months ago)
Kevin McCallister:
When do you guys come back?
– Submitted by Alyssa B (11 months ago)
You can say hello when you see me. You don't have to be afraid.
– Submitted by Joe N (18 months ago)
The window?
I'm not going out the window.
What are ya scared of Marv? Are you afraid?
– Submitted by Joe N (18 months ago)

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