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  • Summary: Based on the novel by Tom Perrotta, Little Children centers on a handful of individuals whose lives intersect on the playgrounds, town pools and streets of their small community in surprising and potentially dangerous ways. [New Line Cinema]
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Unnervingly good, Little Children is one of the rare American films about adultery that feels right--dangerous, hushed, immediate.
  2. A jolting, artfully made drama set in and around a suburban playground somewhere between "American Beauty" and "In the Bedroom" on America's psychic highway.
  3. Reviewed by: Don R. Lewis
    90
    While the screenplay for Little Chilldren is basically perfect, it's the acting that really drives the film home.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    80
    Little Children does not have quite the bleak discipline of Field's more keenly judged "In the Bedroom." Yet it is a more ambitious film and a considerable achievement.
  5. 75
    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?
  6. 67
    It's Winslet who is the heart and soul of Little Children, and when she makes a desperate, final bid to reclaim her soul, it's both horrifying and heart-rending.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 65
  2. Negative: 9 out of 65
  1. AnneH
    Oct 25, 2006
    10
    I heart Kate Winslet! Great performances and this movie is the best picture of the year!
  2. [Anonymous]
    Dec 12, 2006
    10
    A flawlessly calibrated directorial achievement; superb script and performances; complex, haunting, and really riveting. Absolutely one of the two best pictures of the year (the other being 'Half Nelson'). Expand
  3. agusS
    May 16, 2010
    10
    This is a really good movie, idiots!!!!! the end is amazing if you want to see a movie where everything is fucking perfect go see Cinderella.
  4. MHS
    Oct 22, 2006
    9
    9.5 (football scenes weak) otherwise a brilliant, deeply moving film. As with all great films it stays with you long after the experience of watching it. I have not seen In the bedroom but will so soon as I am in awe of Mr. Field work here. Expand
  5. BillyS.
    Jan 26, 2007
    8
    I love it when you go to a movie without any expectations just because it opens without any fanfare on one local screen and it turns out to be that little gem of a film that comes out of nowhere and leaves you wanting to yell to the people in line for Smokin' Aces - "Go see Little Children!! It's worth 10 bucks alot more than the dribble you're going to see!!" Little Children is brialliantly written, superbly acted,and gorgeously filmed and scored. The Oscar nominations it received are very deserving and makes you wonder if Dreamgirls was actually the most blatantly snubbed film this year. A intelligent story of disallusioned suburban life very reminiscent of American Beauty that deserves all the accolades it has recieved and much more. A top 10 film for 2006. Expand
  6. Julien
    Jan 12, 2007
    7
    Wonderful direction and screenplay. Little Children is a very intense movie, full of sincere human feelings that can help you to see the world differently. The actors are amazing, and some of them deserve awards for their work here (Kate Winslet and Jennifer Connelly). "Little Children" is a very good mix between "American Beauty" and "Sex, lies, and videotape". Expand
  7. Dec 21, 2012
    0
    The subplots are unbelievably generic, and not even done in an original way. Jackie Earle Haley's plotline is the most interesting, but as the movie progresses, it becomes sympathetic to the pedophile, and the movie's overall message seems to be about acceptance, even for someone like that. Apart from that, the acting is very overrated, even from Kate Winslet, who I usually love. Normally, I would just think this is an ordinary, annoyingly generic movie, worthy of maybe a three or a four. However, the idea of the pedophile being portrayed as a sympathetic character, and that those who deride him are considered villains, cause this movie to be an easy zero for me. Expand

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