Hoffman is uncharacteristically charming in a demanding role; the supporting cast is uniformly excellent, particularly Chief Dan George as a befuddled patriarch who takes the supernatural as a matter of course. show more
Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
Arthur Penn's Little Big Man is an endlessly entertaining attempt to spin an epic in the form of a yarn. show more
Kim Newman Empire
Episodic western with a great performance from Hoffman. show more
It also accomplishes that rarest achievement, the breathing of life into an ossified art form. The '70s has its first great epic. show more
Little Big Man is a sort of vaudeville show, framed in fictional biography, loaded with sketches of varying degrees of serious and burlesque humor, and climaxed by the Indian victory over Gen George A. Custer at Little Big Horn in 1876. show more
Dave Kehr Chicago Reader
The dual point of view is used effectively, though it's less valid as social criticism (where Penn's observations tend toward facile revisionism) than as an index of the uncertainty that characterizes most of Penn's heroes. show more
Vincent Canby The New York Times
The film tries to cover too much ground, even though Calder Willingham's script eliminates or telescopes events and characters from the Berger novel. show more
May 22, 2010 drarthurwells
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Outstanding film classic. Faye Dunaway gives a great performance - clearly her best. Dustin Hoffman is always good and doesn't disappoint here. Chief Dan George gives a fine performance also. Movie entertainment ****** best.
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