Little Big Man


Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
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  1. 100
    Arthur Penn's Little Big Man is an endlessly entertaining attempt to spin an epic in the form of a yarn.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: S. K.
    It also accomplishes that rarest achievement, the breathing of life into an ossified art form. The '70s has its first great epic.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    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.
  5. 60
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Episodic western with a great performance from Hoffman.
  7. The film tries to cover too much ground, even though Calder Willingham's script eliminates or telescopes events and characters from the Berger novel.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Feb 18, 2012
    A great performance from Hoffman, and a great historical movie itself.
  2. Nov 28, 2012
    In "Little Big Man", Arthur Penn creates a very diverse epic that is a showcase of great performances - Namely, the legendary Dustin Hoffman.In "Little Big Man", Arthur Penn creates a very diverse epic that is a showcase of great performances - Namely, the legendary Dustin Hoffman. Penn used this movie as an anti-establishment message against the United States' involvement in Vietnam and in doing so he creates an incredibly frightening portrait of how the U.S. military treated Native Americans during 19th Century America. That being said, it makes this film all the more provocative. Despite this fact, the movie also posesses a good deal of satire, which I found to be particularly funny actually. Overall, "Little Big Man" is a sprawling, entertaining, powerful epic yarn. Full Review »
  3. Feb 18, 2012
    Good movie and acting