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Niederpruem gives it her very earnest all, but falls short both on continuity issues... and on making her gradually aging cast match up.
For devotees, the essence of the Little Women story remains, and, for newcomers, it is a sweet film that should inspire them to explore the book and the more traditional adaptations.
Louisa May Alcott's timeless novel is revived for yet another generation, but the changes leave little to love.
The girls in this contemporary retelling are not messy and complex human beings but Hallmark Channel characters, two-dimensional symbols of virtuous nostalgia.
Most damning is that Niederpruem fails to engage with her central, powerful idea. Despite setting Little Women in modern times, the film is disinterested in using the new period to explore the bigger questions at the heart of Alcott's novel.
This cinematic update ultimately not so much honors its source material but exploits it. Not in a bad way, mind you, merely an unnecessary one.
Not all of the plot adjustments work, but the production is cheerful and heartfelt, and for some reason it's always Christmas, so it wins points for sheer merriness.
A disappointing, 21st Century update that's behind instead of ahead of the times.
Don't march out to this one.
Not wrong-headed, and at times not-half-bad.
Artificial, stiltedly foolish update of Louise Mae Alcott's 150 year-old classic.
None of the characters have chemistry, which is particularly problematic when it comes to the film's romantic plotlines.
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