Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. 75
    Falls so far outside our ordinary story expectations it may frustrate some viewers.
  2. Beautifully produced: a moving film with a fascinating story and exemplary acting.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    Involvingly acted, surehandedly crafted.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrea C. Basora
    70
    Thomas is supported in his first directorial endeavor by a truly spectacular cast.
  5. The narrative kept me glued to my seat.
  6. Where the movie falters is in sustaining the tricky balance between pastoral life lessons and creepy suspense.
  7. Would seem hokey if it didn't have powerful, extraordinary central performances and cinematography that lends the English landscape around Cornwall a mythical cast.
  8. It's a movie brimming with good intentions, solid production values and searing performances. However, it never quite clicks into place with any real satisfaction.
  9. Fantasy-style plot doesn't mesh easily with the unsettling psychological themes woven through it.
  10. 50
    The effort is earnest, but the plot turns more and more implausible.
  11. Hurt is slumming in an unchallenging role.
  12. 50
    This moody film is ravishingly beautiful to look at -- but the story's fairy tale atmosphere doesn't entirely mesh with its psychological underpinnings.
  13. There's something plodding and uncomfortably strident about Little Animals that keeps the audience from sharing, much less understanding, Bobby's enchantment.
  14. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    40
    Three leads do their best with simplistic characters.
  15. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    40
    Simplistic on one level, indecipherable on another, it's a most peculiar muddle.
  16. A surprisingly nasty fable about a particularly silly, very English brand of animal-rights extremism.
  17. 23
    Hamilton's quasi-Luddite tale doesn't make a coherent movie under the best of circumstances, and these were, apparently, something substantially less than that.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. SueS.
    Jul 7, 2007
    9
    This movie may not be believable, but it is more like a fairy tale in the horrible original sense. In addition to an interesting story, the This movie may not be believable, but it is more like a fairy tale in the horrible original sense. In addition to an interesting story, the acting is excellent as is the cinematograpy and music. Full Review »
  2. PattyB.
    Dec 15, 2006
    8
    Loved this movie. Beautiful camera work, and great performances by Bale and Hurt.
  3. [Anonymous]
    Oct 16, 2006
    10
    GREAT!