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Little Children Reviews

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David Fear
Time Out
February 3, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 5, 2007
Little Children is disturbing and smart and the best satire of modern American suburbia since American Beauty.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 5, 2007
Well-acted and meticulously crafted, Little Children can feel less like a full-blooded representation of life than a disquieting literary exercise.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
January 5, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 5, 2007
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.
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Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
January 4, 2007
Little Children includes all the clichéd scenarios of a midday TV sudser, but they're ratcheted up several seedy degrees.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 4, 2007
A beautifully observed, profoundly moving tale of suburban malaise.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 17, 2006
Little Children slowly loses its grip, becoming just another story about infidelity, albeit an exceptionally polished, well-acted one.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ben Walters
Time Out
October 28, 2006
Little Children ultimately seems to display the conformity to convention that so alarms its central characters.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
October 25, 2006
Seldom these days does one encounter such an intricate narrative so persuasively performed by the entire cast, most notably by Ms. Winslet and Mr. Wilson as the adulterous lovers.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 20, 2006
Field and Perrotta find the humour in human foibles, but it is the drama of humdrum lives that draws their fascination and sympathy. And in Winslet and Wilson, they have found a most fascinating pair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 20, 2006
Filled with moments of painful revelation, real comedy and emotional insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 20, 2006
To these disappointed eyes, Little Children seems a frustrating mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 20, 2006
A small wonder of a movie that puts its characters in playground swings and then gives them a push. Watch them fly this way and that, dangling between peril and ecstasy. And see if you don't recognize yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 20, 2006
A film you watch with mounting dread, yet cannot tear yourself away from: It's paced like a thriller with the timing of a smart comic.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 20, 2006
What Little Children understands so well, and so poignantly, is a kind of parental existentialism that hits 30- somethings with kids: How does having children make you such a less interesting adult?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 20, 2006
It is a shrewd, darkly humorous look at supposed civility, at the ways in which we allow ourselves to settle and a rare depiction of motherhood as a less-than-awesome experience.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
October 19, 2006
Director and co-writer Todd Field establishes some very nontraditional premises, both stylistic and emotional, that give his film -- based on a novel by Tom Perrotta, who collaborated on the screenplay -- a creepy, hypnotic edge.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 19, 2006
Tonal inconsistencies don't blunt the keenness of its satire, so sharp that I walked out with emotional razor burn.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 19, 2006
A hugely absorbing social drama that is, by turns, excruciating, sad and sardonic.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 19, 2006
Unnervingly good, Little Children is one of the rare American films about adultery that feels right -- dangerous, hushed, immediate -- even when the sex takes a back seat to other longings.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 19, 2006
Complicated, involving and just plain smart, Children is the kind of movie that worms its way back into your head days after you've seen it.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 17, 2006
This is a pitch-perfect slice of dark suburban life.
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
October 14, 2006
Field is a rare American director who appreciates the virtues of breathing room: he allows scenes to develop in their own sweet time, trusting that we will find the undercurrents of human behavior as fascinating as he does.
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David Denby
New Yorker
October 9, 2006
The sexual awakening of a disappointed wife may seem like an old movie turn, but when has it been done with such candor?
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
October 7, 2006
Genuinely unsettling.
Read More | Original Score: B
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Dana Stevens
Slate
October 6, 2006
Field and Perrotta share a real affection for even their most thwarted and self-deluded characters.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 6, 2006
Field knows how to create a world.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 6, 2006
Every character except the kids is severely flawed, but so deep are the roots Perrotta has created that you wish everyone well -- even the sex offender.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 6, 2006
Built from a perfect story-telling collaboration.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 5, 2006
An engaging tale of middle-class suburbia, with its attendant fears, yearnings and rushes to judgment.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 5, 2006
Unnervingly funny and quietly devastating.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
October 5, 2006
One of the few films I can think of that examines the baffling combination of smugness, self-abnegation, ceremonial deference and status anxiety that characterizes middle-class Gen X parenting, and find sheer, white-knuckled terror at its core.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
October 5, 2006
There's enough humanity exhibited in Little Children to forgive its occasional submission to wanton excess.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 5, 2006
Although some of the actors are terrific, especially Winslet, Haley, Adams, and Phyllis Somerville as Ronald's loving mother, their work is undercut by the film's attitude of smirky superiority toward its characters. The superiority is unearned.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Jim Emerson
RogerEbert.com
October 4, 2006
It's an odd film, with a wryly intrusive, deep-voiced narrator who appears to be standing just behind the screen reading excerpts from the novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 4, 2006
Little Children [is] a jolting, artfully made drama set in and around a suburban playground somewhere between American Beauty and In the Bedroom on America's psychic highay...
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 3, 2006
The main story deals with Sarah and Brad, but the other characters are given existences of their own, which is rare in motion pictures, and Little Children is richer for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Ansen
Newsweek
October 2, 2006
Wilson's overgrown adolescent, Winslet's bored, discontented wife and Haley's creepy, self-loathing sex offender are complex, deeply flawed characters -- they're the 'little children.'
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 2, 2006
As Little Children skitters along, it gathers weight, like a snowball, until it finally knocks you cold.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 29, 2006
I'm sorry, an interesting premise, a keen eye and a veneer of emotional seriousness are not enough.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 28, 2006
Todd Fields' superb film adaptation of the novel by Tom Perrotta result is challenging, accessible and hard to stop thinking about.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
September 27, 2006
From start to finish, it is artistic, viable, wry and wrenching.
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
September 26, 2006
Suburbia continues to serve as the dartboard of choice for filmmakers bent on demonstrating their urbane superiority to the dull denizens of tract housing.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
September 13, 2006
An across-the-board stunner.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 5, 2006
A deftly made, emotionally acute and at times a tad fastidious examination of cracks in middle-class American family life.