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little man

little man (2005)

tomatometer

63

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 3

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audience

80

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Average Rating: 4/5
User Ratings: 190

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Documentary filmmaker Nicole Conn and her life partner, Gwen Baba, were already parents of a little girl named Gabrielle when they decided it was time to have a second child. Due to health problems, Conn and Baba chose to have a surrogate mother bear the child, but they discovered in time that the mother they chose was not completely honest about certain health issues, and due to the dangerously slow development of the fetus, a bit more than three months before the baby's due date, doctors

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Documentary, Special Interest

Apr 24, 2007

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (6)

While Conn's story is inherently compelling, it's pretty much ruined in the telling thanks to her unnerving choice to fill it with a twinkling piano-heavy score, florid narration, and trembling slow-motion.

February 16, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Your baby is near death. Instead of dropping everything to save his life, you make sure the video camera keeps rolling.

December 2, 2005
New York Post
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With her penchant for frilly romance and sentimentality, the focus is often, cloyingly, on Conn as the heroine of the story, the mother who (sob!) wouldn't give up.

December 2, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Little Man is an unusually honest film about the ambiguity of maternal love.

December 1, 2005
New York Times
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What lingers are the images of Nicholas's manhandling by a host of dispassionate medicos and a sense that 'quality of life' is a much shakier concept than we could've imagined.

November 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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A deeply personal, often wrenching documentary that raises pertinent and difficult questions about choices made and their potential ramifications.

October 28, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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The film leaves viewers with the odd sensation of having peered into the most intimate details of other people's lives, without acquiring much beyond surface impressions.

December 6, 2005
Boxoffice Magazine

able to powerfully bring to mind some touching issues and blur the line of hard decision making

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Like her own admitted inability to see Nicholas' situation through anything other than a 'mother's eyes,' Conn is also unable to view her film objectively, even as it grows overlong and ungainly.

December 2, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

An emotionally powerful record of a remarkable little boy's fight to live.

December 2, 2005
Reel.com

Given the subject matter, this new world of manufactured disability, as Conn describes it, is often gripping and moving.

December 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

An experiment in the brave new world of same-sex child-bearing goes badly and is turned into a film.

December 1, 2005
Monsters and Critics

Tells a tale rife with implications about abortion and the consequences of modern medical technological progress.

November 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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