Home Alone Reviews

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January 9, 2021
A not completely unnuanced riff on the themes of family, safety and sanctity.
December 18, 2020
The degree to which Home Alone's various components work, and work exceedingly well, is generally nothing short of astonishing...
December 6, 2020
Expert conceptual construction from celebrated writer-director John Hughes (The Breakfast Club, Trains, Planes & Automobiles) elevates a low-flying caper comedy to great heights.
February 28, 2019
A lot of people love Home Alone around the holidays but I love Home Alone year round.
December 25, 2018
Home Alone has a premise that over the years became classic and an execution that was endearing from the beginning. [Full Review in Spanish]
December 21, 2018
The charisma of Macaulay Culkin matched with the intelligent script by John Hughes makes this the definitive holiday story that it is, appealing to all ages.
November 30, 2018
[Culkin] is a vivid screen presence, almost incandescent with confidence.
November 10, 2017
Home Alone seems to be nominating itself as a Christmas classic [and] the film does go some way toward getting the job done.
November 10, 2017
Home Alone delivers enough laughs.
November 10, 2017
The whole thing is gloriously tinged with nostalgia.
November 10, 2017
Tuned in to two key elements: the joyfulness of Steven Spielberg's ET, and the perennial chase of Tom and Jerry cartoons.
November 10, 2017
A hit for its slapstick humor as well as the age-old theme of a kid who bests the grown-ups.
November 10, 2017
Superlative slapstick comedy.
June 12, 2017
Its endearing story and a charming performance by Culkin make Home Alone a standout among the usual holiday movie fare.
December 15, 2015
Two decades after it dominated the international box office, the idea continues to carry an almost parasitic charm, as if the underlying subtext of young Kevin's antics are like devices of adamant rebellion that refuse to fade quietly into the night.
November 9, 2011
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.
July 26, 2011
The only really likable thing about this film is Culkin. He's an uncommonly natural child actor, but even he doesn't always survive the tiresome gags (the aftershave bit is funny once; three times is tedious).
July 26, 2011
This is engaging and frequently hilarious. But the joke is stretched a bit too far.
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.
July 26, 2011
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.
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