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Home Alone Reviews

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David Keyes
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10

TV Guide
July 26, 2011
Straw Dogs lite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 26, 2011
This is engaging and frequently hilarious. But the joke is stretched a bit too far.
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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Variety Staff
July 6, 2010
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.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
August 9, 2007
A funny, but overrated family comedy
| Original Score: 2/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 25, 2007
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Null
November 5, 2006
watching this all again today with a critical eye reveals that Home Alone's prat-fall humor has gotten completely worn out
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
[The movie has] an inconsistency of mood not helped by abrupt editing and Columbus' sometimes self-conscious direction.
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 17, 2004
This slapstick is vicious; a family film?
| Original Score: 1/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 21, 2004
Everyone involved ought to be sent home alone -- with no supper.
| Original Score: 1/5
Fred Topel
July 14, 2003
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
[A] surprisingly charming film, which may be the first Christmas black comedy for children.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Clint Morris
September 20, 2002
A nice breath of fresh air for Director Hughes. The comedy keeps on flowing.
| Original Score: 3/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
It might be dumb and corny, but I actually liked this flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
Simplistic and stupid, but it made me laugh a lot. And compared to Part 2, it's real close to "Citizen Kane."
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Ali Barclay
April 17, 2001
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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