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  • Summary: Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister has become the man of the house, overnight! Accidentally left behind when his family rushes off on a Christmas vacation, Kevin gets busy decorating the house for the holidays. But he's not decking the halls with tinsel and holly. Two bumbling burglars are trying to break in, and Kevin's rigging a bewildering battery of booby traps to welcome them! (20th Century Fox Corp.)
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Cartyn James
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeanne Cooper
    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.
  3. 70
    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.
  4. 67
    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.
  5. 63
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Mar 19, 2013
    Every year there's a tradition me and my family keep. On December or January we watch this all-time classic! It's amazing,interesting and funny and i can't give it less than 10/10! Expand
  2. Dec 4, 2010
    I may not celebrate Christmas, but that doesn't stop me from loving this work of art. Definitely one of the best movies of the early 90s. I really hope they re-release this for Blu-Ray. Expand
  3. Oct 22, 2013
    A Christmas movie staple, this movie will definite make you remember your own family experiences as a child. It's not a perfect movie, but it's sweet and innocent, and you will love it and want to hug yourself while watching it. Expand
  4. Nov 12, 2012
    One of the greatest family slapsticks ever made, Home Alone delivers the goods at a great pace, finding an endless array of situational gold as well as some hilariously delivered dialogue that's sure to please audiences of all ages. Expand
  5. Jan 1, 2014
    I guess 1990 must have been a slow year at the movies for this to become a smash hit. Nice smaltzy family tale spoilt by some excessively violent action sequences and surprisingly poor acting by Macaulay Kulkin. Expand
  6. Jan 12, 2013
    It is totally fun and original.
  7. Jul 22, 2012
    I am sorry is this supposed to be funny? Is this supposed to be original? Because I found myself guessing every single part of this movie which made me bored. Sorry Chris Columbus you were great with Harry Potter but not Home Alone. I give this movie 5%. Expand

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