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Little Women

Little Women (1933)

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George Cukor directed this classic adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's sentimental novel with a shimmering lavishness that is a prime example of the classic Hollywood style at its best. The story concerns the lives of four New England sisters -- Jo (Katharine Hepburn), Amy (Joan Bennett), Meg (Frances Dee), and Beth (Jean Parker) -- during the time of the Civil War. Jo desires to leave home to become a writer, but decides to stay to help the family. But Meg announces her plans to get married, so

Nov 13, 2001

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The film begins in a gentle fashion and slips away smoothly without any forced attempt to help the finish to linger in the minds of the audience.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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One of Hollywood's original chick flicks by one of its original chick flick directors (George Cukor).

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Cukor directed the second and best of the four screen versions of this classic novel, starring Katharine Hepburn, who gives an extraordinary performance as the sensitive tomboy.

November 16, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Star-graced Cukor production is classic.

October 16, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Part comedy of manners, part morality tale, Little Women is more interested in its heroines "conquering themselves" than in a man conquering their hearts.

May 31, 2004 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

Released during the depths of the Depression, Little Women buoyed Americans' spirits. It still does.

July 30, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A solid adaptation and crisp direction by Cukor.

January 17, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

A twee fantasy of frictionless sorority and romantic deaths as scant diversion from the carnage of the Civil War.

November 25, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

The third of nine adaptations of the film to date, the 1933 Little Women is nonetheless one of the better versions of the book, and it can be forgiven a lot due to its age and era.

November 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Little Women (1933) is one of the best-made film renditions of the Louisa May Alcott Civil War-era tale of a family of four sisters in New England, from director George Cukor.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
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Audience Reviews for Little Women

Little women are about 4 women that grew up in the Civil War period.
They were face with hardships like having their father off fighting in the war, being poor and being teenaged. When a new boy moves in next door the girl's world turns up side town. Over time they had to learn ho to deal with news things of growing up like falling in love and that they cannot live together under their parents house forever.
Pros
Good acting and plot.
It had good music in this film.
This film is really moving.
Con it can be slow some times
If you like coming age films, click flicks or really moving films, you should give this a try.
May 16, 2011
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erika bruhns

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Hepburn is such a clown, but the rest are inordinately dull. And one star turn does not a movie make.
April 29, 2011
jennifxu

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Good if dated version of the Alcott perennial. The story is faithful to the book but some of the acting and filming techniques show signs of the film's age. Still if you're a fan of the book there is much to like here. Hepburn of course is ideally cast as Jo, perhaps one of the classic examples of an actress and a part completely suited to each other. Frances Dee and Jean Parker acquit themselves well as Meg and Beth respectively but those two sisters, even with Beth's tragedy, are the two blandest characters in the book. Joan Bennett is sulky and kittenish as the selfish Amy filling the part but she really wasn't to come into her own as a presence that registered on the screen for about five more years when she switched from blonde ingenue to brunette woman of mystery and usually danger. The great Edna May Oliver scores as the salty Aunt March and Spring Byington is strong as Marmee although her role is somewhat diminished from the book. It's interesting still to see her here as a tower of strength and rectitude considering her long career as a chic but usually addlepated society woman. The men however are a totally different matter. Douglass Montgomery as Laurie is simpering and bland. Also while it isn't his fault his makeup is so heavy that it is completely distracting whenever he is on screen. John Davis Lodge who plays Meg's husband Mr. Brooke suffers the same fate. Cukor as always directs well. He hated the term woman's director but he really was one of the absolute best at bringing out high quality performances from his actresses, not just the stars but the supporting players.
August 5, 2010
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jay nixon

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Sweet, funny and perfectly cast! George Cukor's Little Women is far and away the best of the four versions of Louisa May Alcott's timeless story of the March family. Katharine Hepburn is excellent as the tomboyish Jo.
June 2, 2008
deano
Dean McKenna

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    1. Jo March: I like good strong words that mean something.
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