Little Men

2016, Drama, 1h 25m

143 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Little Men takes a compassionate look at the ways in which adult problems impact childhood friendships -- and offers another affecting New York drama from director Ira Sachs. Read critic reviews

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Two teens develop a growing friendship in Brooklyn, N.Y., while the feud between their respective parents (Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle) continues to escalate.

Cast & Crew

Greg Kinnear
Brian Jardine
Jennifer Ehle
Kathy Jardine
Paulina García
Leonor Calvelli
Michael Barbieri
Tony Calvelli
Theo Taplitz
Jake Jardine
Anthony Angelo Flamminio
Ira Sachs
Director
Ira Sachs
Screenwriter
Ira Sachs
Producer
Jim Lande
Producer
Óscar Durán
Cinematographer
Affonso Gonçalves
Film Editor
Dickon Hinchliffe
Original Music
Alexandra Schaller
Production Design
Eden Miller
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Critic Reviews for Little Men

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (54) | Fresh (138) | Rotten (5)

  • The film is quiet but vibrant, and Ira Sachs does a lovely job coaxing images to life out of stillness, and tenderness out of situations that might seem barren of it.

    December 8, 2017 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…
  • As a referendum on gentrification in Brooklyn, the movie can occasionally be a bit tedious. But the entire cast is strong, especially Michael Barbieri.

    March 16, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Its smallness makes it grand and moving. These are the things, these little moments, decisions and consequences that most human lives are made of, after all.

    December 30, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Ira Sachs is a director of uncommon empathy and insight. His latest explores the perils of gentrification and the wisdom of the young.

    December 29, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • The film's revelatory performances are turned in by Theo Taplitz and Michael Barbieri.

    September 14, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4.0 | Full Review…
  • Sachs' and co-writer Mauricio Zacharias' ability to imbue a simple story about a couple of tween boys bonding over video games with such depth of subtext is breathtaking.

    January 15, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Little Men

  • Apr 21, 2017
    Little indie film that has strong young characters. The film is a drama and doesn't get lost in the Hollywood melodrama world. The acting is top notch, just the pacing is a little off, never giving us the character drama that it promises. Seeing the 98 percent from critics is disappointing, this film while being good is not at a prestige rating. The divide between audience and critics is clearly starting to grow, why need critics anymore? 27/04/2017.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Sep 04, 2016
    Just fucking perfect. What astonishing performances, what remarkable writing, what specific vision. Beautiful.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2016
    My last MIFF session had me a title I hoped would raise expectations, However there's not much to say about the overall encompassing themes and moral message 'Little Men' may set itself up to be (well... for me I guess). I will say however, there is definitely a lot this film does terrifically well, the performances from a talented cast as well as well written characters are excellent. The two young boys being the main standouts as the main characters, There's definitely a great degree of friendship to be had with these characters. The more overarching conflict concerns involves both boy's families in which adult problems can impact young lives. While the coming-of-age aspect could of been played upon more as well as developing some of the characters more. The big entertainment factor of this film lies within the subplots and doesn't directly involve the film's main subject matter all that much. So it's a little disappointing that given the fine writing and direction, I guess I would have wanted some more focus on the character development than the conflicting interest between one another. It's recommended though, if you're familiar with the director's catalog (I might not be that familiar).
    Luke E Super Reviewer

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