Home Alone (1990)

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Critic Consensus: Home Alone uneven but frequently funny premise stretched unreasonably thin is buoyed by Macaulay Culkin's cute performance and strong supporting stars.

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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 ending may be somewhat violent, Culkin's charming presence helped the film become one of the most successful ever at the time of its release.~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Movie Guide

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Cast

Macaulay Culkin
as Kevin McCallister
Joe Pesci
as Harry
Catherine O'Hara
as Kate McCallister
John Heard
as Peter McCallister
John Candy
as Gus Polinski
Angela Goethals
as Linnie McCallister
Devin Ratray
as Buzz McCallister
Gerry Bamman
as Uncle Frank
Hillary Wolf
as Megan McCallister
Larry Hankin
as Off. Balzak
Michael C. Maronna
as Jeff McCallister
Terrie Snell
as Aunt Leslie
Jeffrey Wiseman
as Mitch Murphy
Virginia Smith
as Georgette
Matt Doherty
as Steffan
Ralph Foody
as Johnny, 1st Gangster
Bill Erwin
as Man in Airport
Michael Guido
as Snakes, 2nd Gangster
Ray Toler
as Uncle Rod
Billie Bird
as Woman at Airport
Clarke Devereux
as Officer Devereux
Lynn Mansbach
as French Woman
Alan Wilder
as Scranton Ticket Agent
Hope Davis
as French Ticket Agent
Dianne B. Shaw
as Airline Counter Person
Keegan Connor Tracy
as Check Out Girl
Jim Ryan
as Stock Boy
Sandra Macat
as Santa's Elf
Ann Whitney
as Drugstore Clerk
Richard J. Firfer
as Store Manager
Jim Ortlieb
as Herb, Drugstore Clerk
Kate Lang Johnson
as Police Operator
Jean-Claude Sciore
as French Gate Agent
Monica Devereux
as Flight Attendant
Gerry Becker
as Officer #1
Victor Cole
as Officer #2
Michael Hansen
as Airport Driver
Peter Pantaleo
as Airport Driver
Edward Bruzan
as Polka Band Member
Frank R. Cernugel
as Polka Band Member
Eddie Korosa
as Polka Band Member
Robert Okrzesik
as Polka Band Member
Leo Perion
as Polka Band Member
Vince Waidzulis
as Polka Band Member
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Critic Reviews for Home Alone

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (11)

Home Alone delivers enough laughs.

Nov 10, 2017 | Full Review…

Home Alone seems to be nominating itself as a Christmas classic [and] the film does go some way toward getting the job done.

Nov 10, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 26, 2011 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 6, 2010 | Full Review…
Variety
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A lot of Hughes' hooray-for-suburban-misfits sensibility survives the milling process.

Dec 30, 2006 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
AV Club
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[The movie has] an inconsistency of mood not helped by abrupt editing and Columbus' sometimes self-conscious direction.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Home Alone

An entertaining (but overrated) Christmas family movie that may be thin and silly (especially in its third act) but is also refreshingly funny and tender, with a great Oscar-nominated score by John Williams and hilarious performances by Culkin, Pesci and O'Hara.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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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Directors Cat

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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
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
Melvin White

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