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Little Secrets (2002)

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59

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 49
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 20

Little Secrets is wholesome entertainment for the kids, but also rather bland.

65

Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 6

Little Secrets is wholesome entertainment for the kids, but also rather bland.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 7,881

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A girl puts her ability to keep a confidence to work, though she soon learns it's a tougher job than she imagined in this comedy drama for young people. Emily (Evan Rachel Wood) is a 14-year-old girl who loves music and is studying the violin. She has a real gift as a violinist, and has passed up the opportunity to go to summer camp with her friends to study with her tutor, Pauline (Vivica A. Fox), who believes Emily has a chance of landing a spot in the community symphony orchestra. Emily also

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Drama, Kids & Family, Comedy

Jessica Barondes

Feb 4, 2003

$0.4M

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All Critics (53) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (20) | DVD (7)

The kids in this syrupy family picture are spunky tykes and the adults are dolts, but Wood is worth watching because she's so clearly ready to play nobody's girl but her own.

September 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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There are a lot of movies out there made for fourteen-year-old boys, a ton of movies made for six-year-old kids, this movie is made for ten-year-old girls and for what it is, I really like it.

August 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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What you end up with are a bunch of kids acting not like kids, but how adults who've lost all sense of what it was like to be a kid think kids behave.

August 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Variety
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The movie's chipper charms, and its steadfast determination to present an alternative to overly merchandised multiplex fare (there's nary a pop song or product placement here), ultimately win out.

August 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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A touching film that will make audiences smile and cry at young characters who are learning about love and confession.

August 23, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's a beguiling exploration of friendship, trust, truth, insecurity and, yes, secrets.

August 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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A very broad annoying and overemotional little drama...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

These character live in an unblemished neighborhood, where everyone has bite-sized problems that can easily be resolved with a few kind words, a hug, and some tears.

December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

Every plot development is telegraphed from a mile away, and every character acts in the most obvious manner possible.

September 6, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

Begins in the vein of a Joe Dante suburban satire but ends like a nightmare of Chris Columbus poppycock.

February 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

At least it's a viable alternative to the usually predominate brainless super-charged kids fare that's thrown on the big screen. And for that, Treu's cinematic "little secret" is worth telling out loud.

September 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

Few parents [the kind likely to have made Little Secrets and to whom it seems primarily aimed] will find anything objectionable in this sanitized after-school special-esque of a film, lately that's progress.

September 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

This is simply good filmmaking, and deserving of your attention.

August 26, 2002 Full Review Source: FilmJerk.com
FilmJerk.com

Little Secrets is a sweet little movie, and you don't have to keep that a secret.

August 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

To a large degree, Little Secrets succeeds in a valiant effort to portray a teens struggling with the inevitable pitfalls along the bumpy road to adulthood.

August 23, 2002
San Francisco Examiner

It somewhat breaks the tone when Emily admits, 'Mom is very anal,' but then Emily is anal, and so -- nicely -- is the movie.

August 23, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Stick with it and you may find some unexpected pleasures here, especially performances by two adolescent stars who elevate the film above some often-shaky writing.

August 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

It's to the credit of its young, talented cast that Little Secrets overcomes what could have been a terminal case of the 'cutes.'

August 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It's safe and heart-warming enough that the 15-and-younger set should love it while their parents won't be bored.

August 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Audience Reviews for Little Secrets

A fourteen-year-old girl keeps the secrets of her neighborhood peers.
This is a fantastic film for white people by white people (with a few token minorities) about white people's problems.
Overall, you should watch this if you like Evan Rachel Wood and white people.
July 7, 2013
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Jim Hunter

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This movie is a groundbreaking drama. It is a landmark as one of my favourite childhood films, and I wish it was even longer than 1 hour and 45 minutes! This movie released when I was 8 years old, and I cried back then, now I just look back on it as an amazing film.
February 15, 2010
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Lovely coming-of-age movie. Recommended.
May 25, 2007
Raajay

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