Picks and Pans Review: New on Video

updated 09/16/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/16/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>HOME ALONE: Baby Guerrilla

CUTE IDEA: A LITTLE boy deserted by his parents defends his home against bungling burglars. Macaulay Culkin has a lapsed-cherub charm as the boy; burglars Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern bungle playfully. But director Chris Columbus and writer John Hughes never got past the basic concept. Culkin's family is too nasty to him before they leave; the tactics Culkin uses on the crooks are repetitive and sadistic too. It adds up to a superficial-wounds variation on Death Wish. (Fox)

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