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All the Little Animals Reviews

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May 17, 2009
Based on a 1969 novel by the late Walker Hamilton, this moody film is ravishingly beautiful to look at and refreshingly unlike the glib, movie-centric crime thrillers so popular with younger first-time directors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 17, 2009
Given his uncompromising work with the likes of Roeg, Bertolucci and Cronenberg, Thomas' directorial debut is surprisingly bland.
September 9, 2008
Bale nimbly walks a fine line between Bobby's handicap and an increasingly mature comprehension of what he must do to survive.
February 9, 2006
A brave effort, certainly different, but all too emphatically an allegory.
December 6, 2005
Christian Bale is utterly sympathetic and engaging as Bobby. He convincingly communicates both the simplicity and chaos of his character's personality and gives the film a strong emotional core.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 21, 2005
Odd and banal.
December 31, 2004
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June 5, 2002
It moves from a Cinderella fairytale with Rain Man pathos to the good-versus-evil realm of daytime soap operas (minus the sexual content).
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
April 3, 2002
The ingredients all seem to be there for a rich, emotionally engrossing movie experience, but the storytelling flair and directorial touch are not.
January 1, 2000
Would seem hokey if it didn't have powerful, extraordinary central performances and cinematography that lends the English landscape around Cornwall a mythical cast.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
The adoption of 19th-century-melodrama conventions seems motivated mainly by a desire to tap into the emotional intensity they offer. I was enthralled by these tactics, but some viewers might gag.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
[It] refuses to reduce its story to simple terms, and the visible story seems like a manifestation of dark and secret undercurrents. Even the ending, which some will no doubt consider routine revenge, has a certain subterranean irony.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
If you can allow for one irrational and unbelievable scene involving Bobby and Summers' trip to London, you're left with a decent, small- scale movie, perhaps more suitable for video than the large screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
January 1, 2000
Quite the off-kilter, half-baked eco-sermon to begin with, Thomas's movie crumbles in its last quarter or so like a stack of supermarket cans.
January 1, 2000
Interesting despite its hipster crypticism and an imperfect finale. Is Christian Bale in every film Lions Gate has made?
| Original Score: 3.5/5
January 1, 2000
The screenplay is so lacking in narrative sensibilities, it's difficult to enumerate all its failings.
January 1, 2000
A strangely intriguing, darkly made, psychological allegory based on the late Walker Hamilton's only novel.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 15, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
August 20, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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