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Home Alone Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

Slapstick family holiday comedy brings the pain.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know there's a tremendous amount of slapstick violence in this movie, some of which results in very painful-looking injuries. The main character inflicts serious pain on two would-be burglars -- he trips them down a flight of stairs, burns them, hits them with heavy objects, places sharp objects on the ground for them to step on, and so on. Kevin is also shown watching a violent '30s gangster flick that his parents forbid him from seeing.

  • Families can talk about whether or not they think slapstick violence is funny. Is it ever appropriate to laugh when someone gets hurt?
  • With younger kids, parents may also want to discuss the steps they should take in the event they ever do get left alone, especially if they sense they're in danger.
  • In the film, Kevin decides to take on the burglars himself and wins. Instead of attempting to foil them on his own, how could he have sought help?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true0

    Educational value: None, unless you count giving kids ideas about how to set booby traps...

  • message true0

    Messages: The film suggests that a child who's left alone can fend for him or herself without adult supervision. It also celebrates violence as a means of solving problems.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Although Kevin is brave and resourceful, he's also pretty vicious in his attacks on the bad guys. The fact that his parents leave him behind doesn't speak highly of their status as role models, and the two would-be burglars are clearly iffy examples.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Tons of slapstick violence. Characters fall down stairs, get hit with blunt objects, step on nails and glass, get burned, etc.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Kevin finds an old Playboy magazine but isn't very interested in it.

  • language false2

    Language: A few uses of words like "damn," "hell," and "ass," plus one use of "s--t."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Very brief shots of minor characters (adults) drinking and smoking.