Little Secrets (2002)



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

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A tale centering on Emily, a plucky pre-teen (and violin virtuoso) who is entrusted with her young neighbors' most private and cherished secrets. Every Wednesday, Emily sets up a booth in her backyard which regularly attracts the guilty young souls of the neighborhood. These include Philip - the new kid on the block - whose clumsiness with an expensive chess piece (and his interest in Emily) make him one of her most challenging clients. But comedic complications ensue when the Secret Keeper -normally so trustworthy - suddenly finds it difficult to keep all of her neighbors' secrets to herself.
PG (for thematic elements)
Comedy , Drama , Kids & Family
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Vivica A. Fox
as Pauline
Jan B. Felt
as Caroline
Rick Macy
as Eddie
Tayva Patch
as Elaine
Micah Schow
as Gregory
Erica Angaro
as Girl No.1
Carli Treu
as Girl No.2
Matthew Grace
as Harold
Joey Mayashima
as Dr. Mezzie
Janice Knickrehm
as Mrs. Neiderhoffer
Wayne Brennan
as Gump's Salesman
Elizabeth Grand
as Greenbacks' Saleswoman
Micaela Nelligan
as Gregory's Mother
Clara Susan Morey III
as Bohemian Woman
Carlton Bluford
as Oboe Player
Robin Ballard
as Elderly Woman
Tracy Scott
as Female Doctor
Christy Summerhays
as Nurse No.1
Queenie Aydelott
as Nurse No.2
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Critic Reviews for Little Secrets

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (17)

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.

Full Review… | September 5, 2002
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 23, 2002
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 23, 2002
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A touching film that will make audiences smile and cry at young characters who are learning about love and confession.

Full Review… | August 23, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

It's a beguiling exploration of friendship, trust, truth, insecurity and, yes, secrets.

Full Review… | August 23, 2002
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


I've had the poster for this movie for years. Because of that, I thought this would be some dumb but fun kids film. NOPE! This is a character study of a 14 year old girl who apotheosizes secrets in order to suppress the ones she carries. There's no laughs to be found here. This is no dramedy, this is a flat out drama. For some, that twist might be a good thing. Not here. I was bored out of my mind for the majority of it. Angst... melodrama... I don't much care about those. So the cast... That "Sky High" kid was in this. Evan Rachel Wood is not yet a woman and looks quite weird in this given how used to Chiseled ERW I am. They were alright. Wood I guess was good, but given the source material, I can't give her credit b/c how apathetic I was to her.

Robert Iwataki
Robert Iwataki

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.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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