Little Nikita (1988)



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Movie Info

In this espionage story, River Phoenix stars as Jeff Grant, a seemingly normal California teen who learns that his parents are Soviet "sleeper" operatives who've spent the last two decades in the United States waiting to return to duty.

Rating: PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Bo Goldman, John Hill
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 17, 2002
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Roy Parmenter

as Jeff Grant

as Richard Grant

as Elizabeth Grant

as Konstantin Karpov

as Verna McLaughlin

as Barbara Kerry

as Brewer

as Spassky

as Miguel

as Sgt. Leathers

as Trolley Conductor

as Brett

as Drill Sergeant

as Corp. Hogan

as Water Skier

as Young Russian Diplom...

as DMV Clerk

as Nursery Customer

as Bucky

as Dolphin Trainer

as Trainer No.2

as Tour Boat Guide

as Trolley Passenger

as U.S. Border Patrolma...

as Princess Aurora, in...

as Prince Desire, in B...

as The Fairy Carabosse,...

as The Lilac Fairy, in...

as TV Announcer

as Soccer Announcer

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Critic Reviews for Little Nikita

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

Never really materializes as a taut espionage thriller and winds up as an unsatisfying execution of a clever premise ...

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

This lacklustre espionage thriller is bogged down with the sort of clichés you'd expect from the height of the Cold War.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Richard Benjamin's strategy in directing ''Little Nikita'' seems to have been to paper over the holes in the plot with routine moves from spy shows past, in hopes of making the improbable passable.

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

It turns all of the characters into chess pieces, whose relationships depend on the plot, not on human chemistry. Since the plot is absurdly illogical, you're not left with much.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

"Little Nikita" would be nothing without River Phoenix's hair. It's the most engaging, the most watchable thing in the film.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Not a shade on "Running on Empty", but a nicely performed encore

September 20, 2002

Audience Reviews for Little Nikita

Ever have one of those days when you find out that your loving and caring parents are actually KGB spies? Weak cold war dramatics elevated by strong performances from Sidney Poitier and River Phoenix. Otherwise, it's completely forgettable.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Finds out his parents are spies. Great plot.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Well-crafted, old-fashioned espionage story about the awakening of "sleeper" agents. Sidney Poitier is fabulous as the FBI agent tracking the situation.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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