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  • Summary: With her husband off at war, Marmee (Sarandon) is left alone to raise their four daughters, her little women. There is the spirited Jo (Ryder); conservative Meg (Alvarado); fragile Beth (Danes); and romantic Amy (Dunst and Mathis). As the years pass, the sisters share some of the most cherished and painful memories of self-discovery, as Marmee and Aunt March (Wickes) guide them through issues of independence, romance and virtue. (Sony Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Johanna Steinmetz
    Armstrong and screenwriter Robin Swicord have pared the work's sentimentality and bolstered its intellectual content, [21 Dec 1994]
  2. 100
    It's a celebration of American female screen acting, it's a study of early feminism that feels relevant today, it's a carefully mounted exercise in period filmmaking and it's a beloved novel come to life for the fourth time. [23 Dec 1994]
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    [The novel's] themes have never not been fresh and they gleam here under the sympathetic and enlivening touch of Armstrong and her cast, who move through the events with sunny assurance and complete immersion in character. [21 Dec 1994]
  4. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Renzetti
    Gillian Armstrong's adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's 1868 novel is lively and thoughtful and beautifully formed. [21 Dec 1994]
  5. 88
    Director Gillian Armstrong finds the serious themes and refuses to simplify the story into a "family" formula. "
  6. Reviewed by: s
    It's beautifully mounted to capture the age and the passing seasons, though director Gillian Armstrong never lets the production values overwhelm the gentle sketches of girlish hopes and pastimes tempered by the trials of life.
  7. Reviewed by: Amy Gamerman
    Ms. Armstrong's Little Women, which has enough sugar to make your teeth sing, if not your heart. [29 Dec 1994]

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  1. Jimmy
    Feb 22, 2008
    When judgment day comes, and mankind is evaluated on the merits of its spiritual and cultural achievements, this film alone will redeem the infinite inequities of humanity. It will usher us to paradise. Collapse
  2. May 20, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I have not read the book, but maybe I'll have to, even if this story is something that I usually don't like.

    The cast - magnificent. Acting: brilliant. The set, the music... flawless. Not to mention the story that drew out a tear from me in several places (and that is a rare occurrence).

    Even if Jo's antics got me wondering once in a while, the story was never overly... well, anything. It was balanced, beautiful and heartbreaking, and basically just to TRUE. Especially when looking at Beth and her untimely death, that is just the course of the world.


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