“A Classic Tale Becomes A Classic Film...”
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
- Entertainment Weekly
Ladies, get out your hand-hemmed handkerchiefs for the loveliest Little Women ever on screen.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
Little Women grew on me.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
An outstanding version of Louisa May Alcott's perennial, one that surpasses even the best previous rendition, George Cukor's 1933 outing starring Katharine Hepburn.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
This time Winona Ryder plays Jo, and she is radiant.
John Hartl - Film.com
Ryder has Gillian Armstrong to shape the surrounding story, etching scenes of the March girls into indelibly lovely images while emphasizing the underlying strength of Louisa Mae Allcott's family tale.
Lucy Mohl - Film.com
It's the performances ... that make this movie special.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Director Gillian Armstrong and writer Robin Swicord have fashioned an entrancing film from this distinctly unfashionable classic.
Richard Schickel - TIME Magazine
Director Gillian Armstrong's feminist spin on classic material retains the moving humanity of Louisa May Alcott's novel while reworking it with welcome freshness.
- TV Guide's Movie Guide
Be prepared, however, for a large beaker of the milk of human kindness.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
A little sappy.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Devoted and lovely retelling of the classic story.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Shellie Iliff - Palo Alto Weekly
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Despite good casting, interesting sets and costumes and Armstrong's good direction, the viewers still might feel somewhat cheated -- instead of an interesting period piece they received ordinary melodrama.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Vibrant and appealing screen interpretation of Louis May Alcott's classic story about family as an evolving energy field of love.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Meticulously crafted, and warmly acted.
Edward Guthmann - San Francisco Chronicle
It is a tale of love, strength, and self-esteem, sentiments which rarely go out of fashion.
Alison Macor - Austin Chronicle
The story of Little Women is given a new breath of life with this film, and it is still as relevant about our place in the world and overcoming its man-made obstacles as it was when it was written.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
The characters are two dimensional stick figures. They do absolutely no wrong.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Ryder makes the character of Jo her own with a solid performance that takes her from girlhood to womanhood.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
It is a delight for anyone who appreciates genuine emotion, insight, and beautiful filmmaking.
Scott Renshaw - rec.arts.movies.reviews
The sixth filming may well rank as the most beautiful and compelling version, though certainly some will still prefer George Cukor's classic 1933 version.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
While adherents of the original will carp at some anachronistic themes, few will quibble about the quality of the performances.
David Parkinson - Empire Magazine