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Worth A Look: 32.95%
Average: 19.32%
Pretty Bad: 5.68%
Total Crap: 6.82%

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Home Alone
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by Chris Parry

"Mostly harmless, yet inherently evil."
3 stars

The beginning of the end of the era that was John Hughes. You evil, money-grabbing, ten year old poisoning bastard.

John Hughes used to be an icon of teen angst in the 80's. Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, She's Having A Baby... now he's become the human equivalent of Barney, having inflicted such monstrosities as Home Alone 3, Mousehunt and Flubber on our youth.

It also marked the decline of Joe Pesci as a serious actor, but that's another rant altogether.

But to be fair, this particular film is not bad fare. It just hurts to watch it knowing that an era of film ended with it's success. Macaulay Culkin is the star of the show. Where is he now? Who cares?

It's a kids film that adults can laugh at. It doesn't hurt your head too much. Mostly harmless, yet inherently evil. Put John Hughes to the sword now.

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User Comments

3/06/20 dupadoit you guys give up or are you thirsty for more 5 stars
7/02/18 Suzanne so unbelievable, but so funny 4 stars
3/25/18 morris campbell overrated & unfunny imo never liked this movie 1 stars
8/03/14 Sarah Morgan Best Christmas movie EVER 5 stars
11/21/11 cr a awesome christmas movie with lots laughs and culkin is cool! 4 stars
1/12/11 Matt Stilwell An absolute Christmas classic. Right up there with the Patrick Stewart in Christmas Carol 5 stars
11/07/09 WouldntULikeToKnow Classic, Old But Still Growing In Popularity 5 stars
8/15/09 Jeff Wilder If someone calls it crap I can't argue. But it's ENTERTAINING crap. 3 stars
4/11/09 Dane Youssef Hughes perfectly captures that age and creates a beautiful throwback & escapist fantasy. 5 stars
11/17/08 Samantha Pruitt this movie is a lot of fun, so much fun to watch as a kid! 5 stars
10/16/08 Screwball I always wanted to be left home alone as a kid. Fun movie ! 4 stars
3/08/08 Pamela White one of my holiday classics I see every year 5 stars
11/25/07 jared I've loved this movie since I was 10 years old. Seventeen years later, it still rocks 5 stars
12/22/06 Reviewer Classic Christmas Movie 5 stars
12/15/06 Stanley Thai A very good family comedy. Very funny and heartwarming. 4 stars
12/13/06 EMINA HERCEG a fun kid comedy with a good story 5 stars
12/10/06 David Cohen Proof that "high grossing" is not a synonym for "good" 1 stars
12/06/06 David Pollastrini very funny 5 stars
7/12/06 Marty Aw Buzz! Your girlfriend! Woof! 5 stars
5/06/06 Ashley Hinz I love it. Want it on DVD. 5 stars
11/26/05 cr a fun kid comedy with a good story, a fun time and a booby trap knockout 4 stars
11/15/05 mike palmiter great holiday-type entertainment, but check-in your brain at the box office. 4 stars
10/05/05 Jesse Taylor This is a movie you can only watch about twice. Then it starts to get annoying. 3 stars
8/26/05 Michael Idiotic 1 stars
7/23/05 Quigley a great comedy with a good john williams score. the traps are cool and pesci & stern rule. 5 stars
4/12/05 scott einig the burglar booby trap sequence is awesome! 5 stars
1/27/05 Jeff Anderson Sorry, I liked HOME ALONE 3 a lot, lot better, thank you very much! WAY OVERRATED & SO-SO!! 2 stars
8/02/04 Raf Milis Its got this whole Christmas spirit around it. I like it. Great score too 4 stars
7/21/04 Sean Scanlan At least it is better than the sequels 3 stars
7/17/04 Mina Elias gay 1 stars
5/21/04 Puspa Allamanda Good act from Macaulay Culkin 4 stars
5/04/04 la reina this is one of the best movies i saw in 1990 5 stars
2/17/04 Daveman Entertaining film, with a good natured mesage, but not much wit or inventiveness.. 3 stars
11/24/03 Samuel a decent little film... 4 stars
8/01/03 Double G Awesome Movie, I 1st saw it at 4 and remembered about it. 5 stars
4/01/03 Luke Skywalker This is one sorry film. God i *** that sucker. 1 stars
12/28/02 Sarah Marf and Harry are the worlds funniest crooks! Wet Bandits rule! 5 stars
11/04/02 BA Dope 5 stars
10/28/02 tontetion la peli es muy guay 5 stars
10/27/02 MarktheShark6 It was great when it came out and I was 12, now it's even better! 5 stars
8/27/02 Monster W. Kung Somewhat enjoyable, if you forget how hyped it was. 3 stars
8/27/02 alex exelent film worth watching, and the sequals are just as good except home alone 3 5 stars
7/05/02 R.W. Welch Often on the edge of absurdity but consistently entertaining. 4 stars
6/21/02 Film Dude One of my favorites as a kid. 5 stars
12/05/01 mollie brenner funniest movie yet 5 stars
11/03/01 Andrew Carden This Movie Still Makes Me Laugh Today, It Is So Damn Funny! 5 stars
8/07/01 Mr. Hat (formerly Joe Zappa) Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern are hilarious. They're kinda like one of the better MGM cartoons 4 stars
7/28/01 Henry Ginsberg macauly kulcin is a total twat 2 stars
5/30/01 Chevy Murray good stuff 5 stars
4/24/01 *~Danielle*Ophelia~* (formerly KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi) Strictly holiday fare, funny, but a little syrup-sappy at times. 4 stars
3/28/01 Jesse L It's funny! No one dies. Its mind candy. 4 stars
2/16/01 James You'll have to wait for the last 20 minutes if you want to laugh. 2 stars
2/13/01 Richard Wright Culkin's big breakthrough is (apart from a few slushy scenes) still worth watching. 3 stars
12/27/00 Turtle A live-action Looney Tunes cartoon. 5 stars
11/20/00 The EVIL Penguin enjoy the show 5 stars
10/22/00 YOUR Movie Expert Hughes Before: Ferris Bueller, Planes Trains & Automobiles...After: The 8th Deadly Sin. 5 stars
6/01/00 danilo classic comedy - a childhood favorite! 5 stars
5/12/00 Steve Layne Unfairly bashed years after Its release. Its a fun and funny movie for the whole family. 4 stars
3/09/00 David Rogers A laugh here, a laugh there. Just not enough. 2 stars
1/11/00 dr.d hysterical 5 stars
1/09/00 John Markham A hangover from the 80's, not at all funny, in fact, it's very annoying. 1 stars
6/15/99 Dylan Its not that bad. Hasnt matured all that well with age though. I loved it when i was a kid. 3 stars
5/14/99 pretty sadistic for (supposedly) a "family-oriented" movie. 3 stars
10/29/98 Silent Rob Hughes lost the ability to think and feel RIGHT FUCKING HERE! 2 stars
9/29/98 katherine this was my favourite as a kid. 4 stars
9/15/98 Negative Creep When my Brother gets to be voting age this film willbe fondly remembered. He even quotes it 4 stars
8/24/98 The Capital City Goofball When this got huge I knew Ferris was dead. I miss him so. And Molly, Judd and Emilio. 4 stars
8/16/98 {{{OZ}}} The beginning of the end of John Hughes as a talent. 3 stars
8/16/98 J-Guy Good movie for the under 10 crowd. 3 stars
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  16-Nov-1990 (PG)
  DVD: 21-Nov-2006



Directed by
  Chris Columbus

Written by
  John Hughes

  Macaulay Culkin
  Joe Pesci
  Daniel Stern
  John Heard
  Roberts Blossom
  Catherine O'Hara

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