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Based on 34 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 5 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    This unnervingly funny and quietly devastating film -- director Todd Field's first since his smash 2001 debut with "In the Bedroom" -- pulls you in like a magnetic-force field. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Perrotta and Field succeed, not by guessing, but by knowing this world. They understand it enough to see it with cold precision -- and to approach it, at times, with disarming warmth. The characters aren't types, but people. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Little Children maintains much of the power, humor and nuance of Tom Perrotta's wonderful novel, but seems unsure if it's a satire or a serious drama. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Mr. Field is a filmmaker with an exceptional gift for directing actors -- he's an actor himself -- and an eye for telling detail. (His cinematographer here, as in the previous film, is Antonio Calvache, and again the images are quietly sumptuous.) Yet I was put off by Little Children's satiric tone. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    During its two hours-plus running time, Field's movie veers from dark comedy to melodrama, not always gracefully. But tonal inconsistencies don't blunt the keenness of its satire, so sharp that I walked out with emotional razor burn. show more

  • 88
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Built from a perfect story-telling collaboration. show more

  • 90
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Providing richness of detail and metaphor, elegantly blueprinted themes and impressive mastery of a constantly shifting tone, Little Children does just that. It is a deeply satisfying film. show more

  • 100
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Unnervingly good, Little Children is one of the rare American films about adultery that feels right--dangerous, hushed, immediate. show more

  • 100
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Once again, Field has crafted and grown-up movie that grabs you by the throat, drags you in and doesn't let you go until the very bitter end. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The rarest of movies - a literary multi-character drama. From the erudition of the voiceover narrative to the three dimensionality of the characters, Field's film is the closest it's possible to get to a book without reading one. show more

  • February 15, 2012 jp00000000112825
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    This movie has nothing to do with romance, relationships or even sudden, pleasant affair. It\'s a disgust in it\'s pure form and contents. Two separate storeis are completely unrelated and look artificial: Kate\'s character unhappy relationship and child molester. Perhaps both stories are sucked out of the finger of whomever wrote this low level pervert cast/story. The lack of main canvas is also evident. Just bunch of stupid scenes (except perhaps good footage of Naked Kate) hardly related to each other. I\'m shocked to see what kind level Americal cinematography has reached. Please don\'******* this piece of crap, unless you are a pervert who like to see mental people suffering their destiny. Life is more then that... If you want to see the true, tragic romance story, please watch \"Bitter Moon\" by Polanski.

  • April 07, 2010 lizzlizz49
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    This movie struck a disturbing chord with me, in a good way. This movie shed light on the inner workings of some suburban communities. It's safe to say that the convictied sex offender was not the sickest person in the plot. 4 stars

  • August 09, 2008 wuzzgo0d
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    Shut uuup to the person in the bottom the water drop crap....i love this move is so great i love kate winslet in this moves shes the best i love all her movies shes my favorite actress =D

  • July 15, 2008 craigslac
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    This movie was disgusting and degrading. I would never ever watch this movie or recommend it to anyone. What filth you have made with this movie. No wonder this world is so screwed up.

  • June 19, 2008 bullfb3
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    Great film, good script and great actors.

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