Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
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  1. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    50
    This overly long movie, made sluggish by a superfluously novelistic narrator, feels divided against itself, driven by opposed impulses of tragedy and dark humor that make it impossible for us to identify with these lost souls' break for freedom or wait for them to grow up.
  2. An unusually powerful mess, a broad satire of suburban self-indulgence with little in the way of a consistent style, and with a character who's serious business: a convicted child molester.
  3. By turns jokey, portentous, and pretentious, the movie immediately sizes up each of its protagonists and never budges from that assessment.
  4. 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.
  5. 50
    Instead of being supple and expansive like the book, this Little Children is heavy-handed and snarky.
  6. 40
    It's an unholy mess, simultaneously too Gothic and too sarcastic, that preaches liberation and delivers only puritanism. It's a craftsmanlike but robotic imitation of "interesting" filmmaking, only in patches, and by accident, the real thing.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 161 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 65
  2. Negative: 9 out of 65
  1. Aug 24, 2014
    8
    Little children has a simple plot with various characters and emotions.Jackie Earle Harlley is very good in his role,he even look sympathic.Little children has a simple plot with various characters and emotions.Jackie Earle Harlley is very good in his role,he even look sympathic. Patrick Wilson and Kate Winslate are not extraordinary in their role but they were okay.Jennifer Connelly was awesome like always and the movie ended pretty good. Full Review »
  2. May 10, 2014
    8
    The clever, wry narration is one of the best parts of the movie. The acting is excellent all around. However, Little Children is a bit washedThe clever, wry narration is one of the best parts of the movie. The acting is excellent all around. However, Little Children is a bit washed out compared to other examples of suburban satire, such as the sublime American Beauty. Full Review »
  3. Jun 11, 2013
    8
    This is how you make a drama. The director's very keen way of portraying everything is quite spectacular. It is deeply thought provoking,This is how you make a drama. The director's very keen way of portraying everything is quite spectacular. It is deeply thought provoking, chilling, funny, and quite scary at times thanks to the wonderful performances by the cast. Full Review »