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Home Alone (1990)



Critic Consensus: Home Alone uneven but frequently funny premise stretched unreasonably thin is buoyed by Macaulay Culkin's cute performance and strong supporting stars.

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Home Alone is the highly successful and beloved family comedy about a young boy named Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) who is accidentally left behind when his family takes off for a vacation in France over the holiday season. Once he realizes they've left him home alone, he learns to fend for himself and, eventually has to protect his house against two bumbling burglars (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) who are planning to rob every house in Kevin's suburban Chicago neighborhood. Though the film's slapstick ending may be somewhat violent, Culkin's charming presence helped the film become one of the most successful ever at the time of its release.~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Movie Guide

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Macaulay Culkin
as Kevin McCallister
Joe Pesci
as Harry
Catherine O'Hara
as Kate McCallister
John Heard
as Peter McCallister
John Candy
as Gus Polinski
Angela Goethals
as Linnie McCallister
Devin Ratray
as Buzz McCallister
Gerry Bamman
as Uncle Frank
Hillary Wolf
as Megan McCallister
Larry Hankin
as Off. Balzak
Michael C. Maronna
as Jeff McCallister
Terrie Snell
as Aunt Leslie
Jeffrey Wiseman
as Mitch Murphy
Virginia Smith
as Georgette
Matt Doherty
as Steffan
Ralph Foody
as Johnny, 1st Gangster
Bill Erwin
as Man in Airport
Michael Guido
as Snakes, 2nd Gangster
Ray Toler
as Uncle Rod
Billie Bird
as Woman at Airport
Clarke Devereux
as Officer Devereux
Lynn Mansbach
as French Woman
Alan Wilder
as Scranton Ticket Agent
Hope Davis
as French Ticket Agent
Dianne B. Shaw
as Airline Counter Person
Keegan Connor Tracy
as Check Out Girl
Jim Ryan
as Stock Boy
Sandra Macat
as Santa's Elf
Ann Whitney
as Drugstore Clerk
Richard J. Firfer
as Store Manager
Jim Ortlieb
as Herb, Drugstore Clerk
Kate Lang Johnson
as Police Operator
Jean-Claude Sciore
as French Gate Agent
Monica Devereux
as Flight Attendant
Gerry Becker
as Officer #1
Victor Cole
as Officer #2
Michael Hansen
as Airport Driver
Peter Pantaleo
as Airport Driver
Edward Bruzan
as Polka Band Member
Frank R. Cernugel
as Polka Band Member
Eddie Korosa
as Polka Band Member
Robert Okrzesik
as Polka Band Member
Leo Perion
as Polka Band Member
Vince Waidzulis
as Polka Band Member
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Critic Reviews for Home Alone

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (17)

When it's going somewhere, Home Alone is quite funny. But Hughes and Columbus hung too much on the scene-setting slight idea; the film brings too much baggage, and the trip seems much too long.

August 18, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

[Culkin] is a vivid screen presence, almost incandescent with confidence.

November 30, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Home Alone delivers enough laughs.

November 10, 2017 | Full Review…

Home Alone seems to be nominating itself as a Christmas classic [and] the film does go some way toward getting the job done.

November 10, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The whole thing is gloriously tinged with nostalgia.

November 10, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

July 26, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Home Alone

An entertaining (but overrated) Christmas family movie that may be thin and silly (especially in its third act) but is also refreshingly funny and tender, with a great Oscar-nominated score by John Williams and hilarious performances by Culkin, Pesci and O'Hara.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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A very good slapstick family film backed up with good performances from the adult cast. Kulkin....not so much. I particularly enjoy the burglars enthusiasm in the film. By no means however one of the most brilliant christmas films out there. Over rated but christmas fun.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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If you want some good old fashion family violence...look no further. This is brutal man. Those guys took the beating of a lifetime....And it's funny as hell. Great storytelling....very funny buildup to how they find out he's home alone...and how he finds out they are coming to break in. This was a good year for Pesci. Nothing bas about GoodFellas. But this is what he should have got the Oscar for... (don't poop your pants....it's a joke)...He was really good though...

Martin Sahlin
Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer

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