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Little Nikita (1988)

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Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 5
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Jeff Grant (River Phoenix) is a San Diego teen who discovers his father Richard (Richard Jenkins) and mother Elizabeth Grant) are KGB agents. When he applies to the Air Force Academy, a routine FBI check leads to the shocking news. Soon the suburb of Fountain Grove becomes the focus of international agents and espionage. FBI agent Roy Parmenter (Sidney Poitier) helps Jeff absorb the shock and he battles KGB agent Konstantin Karpov (Richard Bradford) in a race to capture the Soviet agents. The

Sep 17, 2002

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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This lacklustre espionage thriller is bogged down with the sort of clichés you'd expect from the height of the Cold War.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

May 21, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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"Little Nikita" would be nothing without River Phoenix's hair. It's the most engaging, the most watchable thing in the film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comment (1)
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Not a shade on "Running on Empty", but a nicely performed encore

September 20, 2002
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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.
October 24, 2010
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Randy Tippy

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Finds out his parents are spies. Great plot.
July 11, 2009
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Candy Rose

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Well-crafted, old-fashioned espionage story about the awakening of "sleeper" agents. Sidney Poitier is fabulous as the FBI agent tracking the situation.
September 7, 2008
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