YMMV: The Good Son

  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Macaully Culkin plays a kid that kills his little brother over a toy. Said kid's photo is played by his real life brother Rory Culkin. Rory later goes on to play one of the recent Ghostface killers in Scream 4.
    • Not to mention that Gregor Glegane mutilates his own little brother Sandor for a similar reason in Game of Thrones.
    • "That was a darling story, Mark..."
  • Idiot Plot: If the characters would just take a look at Henry's actions, not be fooled by his obvious sociopathy and apathy, or just were able to figure out when he's acting, the plot would have fallen apart.
  • Inferred Holocaust: There is a strong possibility that Mark would end up being arrested and sent to a juvenile detention center after the events of the movie. Especially when looking at the fact that everyone, except Susan, has written him off as a nutcase due to Henry's manipulations. Also Susan's marriage would be in trouble the minute she tries and explain to her husband what happened to Henry and even if the former two don't happen she'd end up gradually resenting Mark down the road because she chose Mark's life over Henry's. She'd also be forever haunted over what happend at the cliff.
    • ...What makes you think that Susan is going to end up resenting Mark later on?
    • Henry might be a monster, but he's still Susan's flesh and blood son and she may've thought that he could've been rehabilitated had they not all been hanging over a cliff. Letting him fall to his death in order to save Mark is definitely going to lead to some resentment.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Henry drowned his baby brother. Over a toy.
  • Narm:
    • Henry falling to his death could have been pretty dramatic if it wasn't for the fact that there's no way in the world young Macaulay Culkin screaming doesn't remind you of Kevin McCallister.
    • All of the creepy scenes of Henry with any of the adults would have been effective if they weren't so dumb and oblivious.
  • Special Effects Failure: When Henry shoves his mother off the cliff at the end and she catches a branch halfway down, the cable holding her up is clearly visible.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Many critics decried the casting of Macaulay Culkin in the role thanks to his kid-friendly Home Alone series, many children hero-worshiped him and marketing research indicated extreme interest by children in the film entirely because of Culkin's presence. If the number of anecdotes by people mentioning this film gave them nightmares indicates, they probably saw it anyway in spite of the R-rating.
  • The Woobie:
    • Definitely Mark, he lost his mother. Then it looks like he's going to bond with his cousin Henry, only to find out that Henry is Ax-Crazy. Then when he tries to warn everyone about Henry, they think he's the one who's crazy.
    • Connie is in the Iron Woobie territory. She'd have to be strong to live with a monster like Henry her whole life.
    • Susan takes the cake. She just lost her youngest son who had drowned then later on her daughter almost died after falling through thin ice in a lake, both conducted by Henry. Then to find out that her son's a psychopath and tries to kill her. Now she has to live with the fact that she lost both her sons. It would be a miracle if her sanity remains intact.