Little Children (2006)



Critic Consensus: Little Children takes a penetrating look at suburbia and its flawed individuals with an unflinching yet humane eye.

Movie Info

In a suburban town full of perfect parents devoted to rearing their children for Harvard futures, a stay-at-home mom has an affair with an ex-jock, stay-at-home dad who rebels against his wife's wishes that he become a big-bucks lawyer.

Rating: R (for strong sexuality and nudity, language and some disturbing content)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Todd Field, Tom Perrotta
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 1, 2007
Box Office: $5.3M
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Critic Reviews for Little Children

All Critics (158) | Top Critics (45)

Playing up her sturdiness, her furry dark brows and the wiry unruliness of her old-gold hair, Winslet is the best Emma Bovary I've seen-even if she's named Sarah, not Emma.

Full Review… | September 2, 2014

More than just another dissection of suburban sexual frustration, its concern with children, parents and those of us who lie somewhere in-between make Little Children a minor masterpiece.

Full Review… | April 27, 2012

It's not necessarily a cautionary tale, but more a look within a surface utopia that doesn't really exist.

Full Review… | February 9, 2011

As commentary on our time, it may be accurate. As movie drama, it isn't so much overheated as reheated in the microwave on high.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Boston Phoenix

Its antiseptic textures merely whimper 'Oscar clip'

Full Review… | August 28, 2009

Bereft of a protagonist, the movie breaks down under the weight of absurd voice-over narration and an exploitative ending that is as indefensibly wrongheaded as it is cheap.

Full Review… | April 24, 2009

Audience Reviews for Little Children

This was well on it's way to being an excellent movie - and then it just lost it's own thread.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer


Author Tom Perrotta joined up with director/sometimes actor Todd Field to make an adaptation of his novel about the woes of living in suburbia, especially where the effects of adultery and having a registered sex offender living nearby are concerned. Incidentally, this is a lot like Revolutionary Road (and both star Kate Winslet), but this one is far less depressing, and has more obvious notes of sardonic satire.

The film starts off really cooking with some sharp and rather witty satire, but then eventually devolves into overwrought melodrama that runs overlong and doesn't really tell me me anything I didn't really already know. Plus, the movie makes it seem like all suburbanites suffer like these characters do, and that's just not the case at all.

I did enjoy the film a fair amount though, that much is certain. I'm mixed about the use of narration, especially since it mostly tells instead of showing, which gets to me. Also, I think the subplot about the sex offender could have been better incorporated into the story, especially since it is some of the best material here, with Jackie Earle Haley giving a brilliant performance in a really tough and unenviable role.

The stuff concerning adultery and midlife crisis is somewhat on the nose and reeks of rehahing of better movies, but it is still decently well played, and no one here really gives a bad performance, although Connelly could have been used more, and it did sorta seem like the actors were fishing for Oscars at times.

Still, the film looks great, the music's not bad, and I wasn't really as bored as I could have been.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


Freaking great! Its a real nice way of showing how intense suburban life can be. Though the ending is a bit of a fantasy, the rest is raw and powerful.

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