• R, 2 hr. 16 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Todd Field
    In Theaters:
    Oct 6, 2006 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 1, 2007
  • New Line Cinema


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Little Children Reviews

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Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

The film displays a certain kinship with Sam Mendes's American Beauty, but Field is more tragedian than social satirist.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald

February 9, 2007
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

It had me at hello... and kept me for a long time, and then lost me in its final moments.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

February 8, 2007

Little children wake and listen

Full Review Source: JWR | Original Score: 2/5

February 5, 2007
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A compelling snapshot of the suburbs as a hamster-like habitat that is not unlike high school: a place where individuality is emasculated, freedom is an illusion and youthful innocence only lasts as long as it takes to come to your senses.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

February 2, 2007
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Urban Cinefile

The complexity of the relationships is meticulously portrayed, although at times overly earnest. Nonetheless, it's a powerful piece of cinema and one that reverberates and impacts by its themes.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

February 1, 2007
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

it's a marvelously complex piece of work... there's an uneasy undercurrent running through the movie that keeps it from becoming just another skin-deep spoof of suburbia.

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette | Original Score: 4/4

February 1, 2007
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

As the deranged and tortured Ronald, Jackie Earle Haley is appallingly creepy, meaning he's perfect. His unstable character lingers in your mind. While you're watching, he seems to be a dirty bomb of perverse violence.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 25, 2007
Philip French
Observer [UK]

A sharply observed and brilliantly acted study of American suburban life.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

January 20, 2007
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

A great movie that misses the mark a little, but provides plenty of drama, depth, entertainment value and questions to ponder.

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 7/10

January 12, 2007
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews

from the film's opening scene when an ill-advised and badly used omniscient narrator is employed, I was squirming in my seat and checking my watch. ... LITTLE CHILDREN runs on too long at close to two and a half hours.There are many sequences that are ext

Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews | Original Score: C-

January 11, 2007
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Richly textured... The entire cast is superb.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 11, 2007
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Is Ronnie the "good boy" his mother begs him to be, or is he really the monster people believe he is. That you can never really tell is a testament to Haley's talent.

Full Review Source: Nolan's Pop Culture Review | Original Score: 4/4

January 9, 2007
Mike Ward

Little Children casts a bizarre light on people who seem to be such normal Americans that they could be extras in a Chevy commercial.

Full Review Source: Richmond.com

January 9, 2007
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee

[The] performances help director Todd Field (In the Bedroom) calibrate a masterful mix of humor, tragedy and heavy stylization.

| Original Score: 4/4

January 5, 2007
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Led by illicit passions, the characters cross paths in unpredictable and shocking fashions, as Little Children builds to an astonishing finale. There's not a bad performance in the film, and Winslet, Haley and Emmerich are especially brilliant.

Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Original Score: 10/10

January 5, 2007
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Little Children is disturbing and smart and the best satire of modern American suburbia since American Beauty.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 5/5

January 5, 2007
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Well-acted and meticulously crafted, Little Children can feel less like a full-blooded representation of life than a disquieting literary exercise.

| Original Score: B-

January 5, 2007
Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
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I didn't like any of these characters, but I kept pulling for them anyway -- right up to the shock-o-riffic ending, when I felt I'd been sucker-punched.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 5, 2007
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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As in Field's first film, the characters are drawn with such compassion their follies become our own and their desires seem as vast as the night sky.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 5, 2007
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

[Little Children] benefits from mostly good acting but is not recommendable on any other level.

Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer | Original Score: 2/4

January 5, 2007
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