• PG, 1 hr. 58 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Gillian Armstrong
    In Theaters:
    Dec 21, 1994 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 19, 1997
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


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Little Women Reviews

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

September 7, 2011
Emanuel Levy

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.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

June 5, 2011
Todd McCarthy
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 27, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 4, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Be prepared, however, for a large beaker of the milk of human kindness.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

| Original Score: 5/5

July 15, 2005
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 3/5

July 1, 2005
Kit Bowen

| Original Score: 3/5

January 30, 2004
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Devoted and lovely retelling of the classic story.

| Original Score: 4/5

August 7, 2003
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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Ladies, get out your hand-hemmed handkerchiefs for the loveliest Little Women ever on screen.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 20, 2003
Shellie Iliff
Palo Alto Weekly

| Original Score: 3.5/4

May 20, 2003
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 3/5

February 17, 2003
Dragan Antulov

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10

September 18, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

August 26, 2002
James Berardinelli
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It's the performances ... that make this movie special.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Little Women grew on me.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine

January 1, 2000
John Hartl
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This time Winona Ryder plays Jo, and she is radiant.

January 1, 2000
Lucy Mohl
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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
Alison Macor
Austin Chronicle

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

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 1, 2000
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