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Little Women (1994)



Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 3

Thanks to a powerhouse lineup of talented actresses, Gillian Armstrong's take on Louisa May Alcott's Little Women proves that a timeless story can succeed no matter how many times it's told.


Average Rating: 8.1/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 0

Thanks to a powerhouse lineup of talented actresses, Gillian Armstrong's take on Louisa May Alcott's Little Women proves that a timeless story can succeed no matter how many times it's told.



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Louisa May Alcott's classic novel about a family of women in Civil War-era New England is again brought to the screen in this adaptation. The focus is on the March sisters, four young girls raised by their mother (Susan Sarandon) after their father leaves for battle as part of the Union Army. At the center is Jo March (Winona Ryder), an idiosyncratic would-be writer said to be based on Alcott herself, but the film also focuses on the stories of her sisters -- the more conventional Meg (Trini


Drama, Romance

Aug 19, 1997

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (30) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (3) | DVD (13)

An outstanding version of Louisa May Alcott's perennial, one that surpasses even the best previous rendition, George Cukor's 1933 outing starring Katharine Hepburn.

May 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Be prepared, however, for a large beaker of the milk of human kindness.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Ladies, get out your hand-hemmed handkerchiefs for the loveliest Little Women ever on screen.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Ryder has Gillian Armstrong to shape the surrounding story, etching scenes of the March girls into indelibly lovely images while emphasizing the underlying strength of Louisa Mae Allcott's family tale.

January 1, 2000
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Director Gillian Armstrong and writer Robin Swicord have fashioned an entrancing film from this distinctly unfashionable classic.

January 1, 2000
TIME Magazine
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Meticulously crafted, and warmly acted.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The third version of the classic is better than the second (in 1948) and almost as touching as Cukor's first rendition in 1933, toplining Kathatrine Hepburn.

June 5, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Director Gillian Armstrong's feminist spin on classic material retains the moving humanity of Louisa May Alcott's novel while reworking it with welcome freshness.

December 4, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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A little sappy.

August 12, 2003 | Comment (1)
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Devoted and lovely retelling of the classic story.

August 7, 2003
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Despite good casting, interesting sets and costumes and Armstrong's good direction, the viewers still might feel somewhat cheated -- instead of an interesting period piece they received ordinary melodrama.

September 18, 2002 Full Review

Vibrant and appealing screen interpretation of Louis May Alcott's classic story about family as an evolving energy field of love.

August 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The characters are two dimensional stick figures. They do absolutely no wrong.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Comment (1)
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It is a delight for anyone who appreciates genuine emotion, insight, and beautiful filmmaking.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

The sixth filming may well rank as the most beautiful and compelling version, though certainly some will still prefer George Cukor's classic 1933 version.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

While adherents of the original will carp at some anachronistic themes, few will quibble about the quality of the performances.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It is a tale of love, strength, and self-esteem, sentiments which rarely go out of fashion.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Ryder makes the character of Jo her own with a solid performance that takes her from girlhood to womanhood.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The story of Little Women is given a new breath of life with this film, and it is still as relevant about our place in the world and overcoming its man-made obstacles as it was when it was written.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Little Women

Yet another version of the classic novel. I loved the cast, and of course the story is timeless, so it's a good movie. The only problem is that if you've seen the other little women movies, it's just the same story again. Anyway, it's good movie.
May 28, 2011

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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.
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
erika bruhns

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Yum, spitwad between Jo and Laurie.
April 29, 2011

Super Reviewer

Terrible movie. The dialog is horrible and it makes you want to drill yourself in the ears. The only thing that made this movie somewhat bearable to watch was Christian Bale, he was the only one able to pull off his role. It's got this secret feminist propaganda going on which is so redundant and boring. We get it, women are strong too, too bad I already knew it coming in. Just don't see it, trust me. It's not worth it.
November 18, 2009

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