Little Children Reviews

  • Little Children [is] a jolting, artfully made drama set in and around a suburban playground somewhere between American Beauty and In the Bedroom on America's psychic highay...

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Todd Fields' superb film adaptation of the novel by Tom Perrotta result is challenging, accessible and hard to stop thinking about.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • There are plenty of laughs and plenty of shocks, though, and plenty of shifts of narrative viewpoint within the ensemble to keep you on your toes.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • An engaging tale of middle-class suburbia, with its attendant fears, yearnings and rushes to judgment.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • A hugely absorbing social drama that is, by turns, excruciating, sad and sardonic.

    Desson Thomson — Washington Post

  • What Little Children understands so well, and so poignantly, is a kind of parental existentialism that hits 30- somethings with kids: How does having children make you such a less interesting adult?

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Suburbia continues to serve as the dartboard of choice for filmmakers bent on demonstrating their urbane superiority to the dull denizens of tract housing.

    Ella Taylor — Village Voice

  • Built from a perfect story-telling collaboration.

    Jack Mathews — New York Daily News

  • As Little Children skitters along, it gathers weight, like a snowball, until it finally knocks you cold.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • The sexual awakening of a disappointed wife may seem like an old movie turn, but when has it been done with such candor?

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • I didn't like any of these characters, but I kept pulling for them anyway -- right up to the shock-o-riffic ending, when I felt I'd been sucker-punched.

    Jim Emerson — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Unnervingly good, Little Children is one of the rare American films about adultery that feels right -- dangerous, hushed, immediate -- even when the sex takes a back seat to other longings.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • As in Field's first film, the characters are drawn with such compassion their follies become our own and their desires seem as vast as the night sky.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Tonal inconsistencies don't blunt the keenness of its satire, so sharp that I walked out with emotional razor burn.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • A beautifully observed, profoundly moving tale of suburban malaise.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • A small wonder of a movie that puts its characters in playground swings and then gives them a push. Watch them fly this way and that, dangling between peril and ecstasy. And see if you don't recognize yourself.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Little Children includes all the cliched scenarios of a midday TV sudser, but they're ratcheted up several seedy degrees.

    Kathy Cano Murillo — Arizona Republic

  • Seldom these days does one encounter such an intricate narrative so persuasively performed by the entire cast, most notably by Ms. Winslet and Mr. Wilson as the adulterous lovers.

    Andrew Sarris — New York Observer

  • From start to finish, it is artistic, viable, wry and wrenching.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • A deftly made, emotionally acute and at times a tad fastidious examination of cracks in middle-class American family life.

    Todd McCarthy — Variety

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