Little Man Tate

1991, Drama, 1h 39m

29 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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Fred Tate (Adam Hann-Byrd) is a 7-year-old with a genius IQ. Single mother Dede (Jodie Foster) worries Fred might have an easier time fitting in around other child prodigies. Despite reservations, she allows Fred to go to a smart summer camp run by child psychologist Jane Grierson (Dianne Wiest), a former child prodigy. Fred's studies advance, but, as he prepares for a national TV competition, he is torn between following through with his advanced education or building a normal life.

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  • Jun 29, 2014
    I had mixed feelings after I watched this movie. It was entertaining, but not that enlightening.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2010
    The feeling of balancing being exceptionally gifted balanced with getting on with everyday life is very well captures in Jodie Foster's directitorial debut. Of interest to anyone who has ever been shod with the yoke of banality when all they want to do is move forward. Adam Hann-Byrd works like an inigma which draws the audience deeper into his plight to fit into his place in the world. Diane Weist cannot make a bad movie. The movies only flaw is that Fosters even handed balancing act with the plethora of well developed characters detracts from the arc of the story, like a mobile(sculpture) with symmetrical parts, the detracts from the sense of the kinetic nature.
    Bill C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2009
    An awesome Movie I ll never forget.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 22, 2009
    It was interesting to see Jodie Foster in her first and only directorial debut, but overall the film was a little bit dull and boring, very slow at times. I really wanted to create empathy and interest towadrs the characters, but I wasn't fully able to do it. Nice and modest effort, but I wish I could've spent my time in watching something else. 50/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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