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Based on 9 Reviews
critic reviews (9)
fan reviews ( 5 )
  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    All plausibility is gone, we sit back, detached, to watch stunt men and special effects guys take over a movie that promised to be the kind of story audiences could identify with. show more

  • 63
    TV Guide

    The first half of Home Alone features the sugar-coated sentimentality that can usually be found in a Hughes film, while the second half is full of unanticipated sadism. show more

  • 60

    So it may not be Citizen Kane, but it is 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. show more

  • 67
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    Home Alone is the apex, the pinnacle, the culmination of every bad bit Hughes has ever written or directed. It overflows with primitive, disastrously unfunny sight gags and neo-hateful familial humor. show more

  • 80
    The New York Times

    Kevin has the potential to be the mawkish child or the obnoxious little adult so common on screen, but he is neither. Played with great glee by Macaulay Culkin, he is a totally endearing, up-to-the-minute little boy. show more

  • 80
    Washington Post

    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. show more

  • 70
    Hal Hinson Washington Post

    The movie has a big payoff; it's the setup that's the drag. But Kevin's antics will touch the budding subversive in every kid. My advice? Hide the car keys. show more

  • 50
    Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader

    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, but the physical cruelty that dominates the last act leaves a sour taste, and the multiple continuity errors strain one's suspension of disbelief to near the breaking point. show more

  • 67
    Noel Murray The A.V. Club

    Even though Macaulay Culkin's alternately muggy and inexpressive lead performance hasn't worn well, the supporting turns by Catherine O'Hara and John Candy are especially crackerjack, as is John Williams' buoyantly cartoony score. show more

  • December 23, 2011 ljm691
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    The funniest movie that should be seen by any one with children it really is hilarious.

  • June 19, 2011 Dry Master
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    Humor could never be better,Daniel Stern did a great Marv.Acting,directing and cast is breathtaking!

  • February 23, 2011 Yoshinaruto
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    One of the best kids comedy movies I have ever seen.

  • January 18, 2011 movieman928
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    this was a great movie!!!!!

  • February 20, 2009 kthdelta
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    This was the best kids movie an adult could ever watch!

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