This movie presents a top notch cast and generally well done. The very appealing little boy, with large, sad eyes, who was said to be autistic, was (as they did say in the movie) "high functioning." As a Psychologist myself I could have entertained another at least co-morbid, if not altogether different, diagnosis for the boy. Granted, he seemed to have some mild autistic traits, but he was also deeply traumatized by events prior to the murder of his parents. How much can a little boy handle without having some pretty serious symptomatology, including catatonia (or, not wanting to say what he knew so not to talk at all?). I tended to dislike the wife, played by Linda Hamilton, although I usually like her acting, and thought that her Halloween costume at the end of the movie was appropos. Richard Dreyfuss was great, as usual, and played out his internal conflicts and role with the boy in a credible way. The teenage daughter was stunning in her somewhat creepy role. Part of the ending was predictable, part of it not so predictable; some of the ending scenes were a bit far-fetched, in my opinion, but hey! it's a movie. All in all, this is good drama.