Little Children Synopsis
A housewife (Kate Winslet) has an affair with a stay-at-home dad.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Perrotta and Field succeed, not by guessing, but by knowing this world. They understand it enough to see it with cold precision -- and to...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Unnervingly good, Little Children is one of the rare American films about adultery that feels right--dangerous, hushed, immediate.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A jolting, artfully made drama set in and around a suburban playground somewhere between "American Beauty" and "In the Bedroom" on...
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The Hollywood Reporter

Providing richness of detail and metaphor, elegantly blueprinted themes and impressive mastery of a constantly shifting tone, Little...
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Built from a perfect story-telling collaboration.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
This unnervingly funny and quietly devastating film -- director Todd Field's first since his smash 2001 debut with "In the Bedroom" --...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
During its two hours-plus running time, Field's movie veers from dark comedy to melodrama, not always gracefully. But tonal inconsistencies...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
What Little Children understands so well, and so poignantly, is a kind of parental existentialism that hits 30- somethings with kids: How...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Little Children maintains much of the power, humor and nuance of Tom Perrotta's wonderful novel, but seems unsure if it's a satire or a...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Mr. Field is a filmmaker with an exceptional gift for directing actors -- he's an actor himself -- and an eye for telling detail. (His...
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Little Children

By adale
This is a really creepy movie. Kate Winslet was the only attraction....

As good as it gets!

By ahebrink
I read the book on which this movie is based over Winter Break. We drove an hour from our home to see the movie and it was worth it! I would have flown across the country for this film! I vote for...

Studious and Powerful

By avckc
Detached nature-documentary narration contrasts with intimate portrayal of variously-flawed characters mostly living ungraciously with their flaws. The resulting feeling is that humans cannot...


By movie_snob
That's what I said at the end of this movie. The plot is so carefully balanced and the acting is so effortless. The use of the narrator and even his tone of voice sets you up to realize there's a...


By the_screener
i had no expectations going in. therefore i was very surprised by how the movie was narrated and filmed. it was a very interesting movie from those aspects. the storyline does a great job of...

Little Children

By bklynnews
I found it difficult to muster empathy for any of these characters. I did not get the heat in the relationship (though Kate Winslet was clearly the "knockout" not the entitled, sexless, child focused...

Not thrilling

By sallysue
I thought Little Children was very mediocre. I enjoyed the acting, but I thought it was somewhat ill-cast (Kate Winslet is simply too beautiful) and some crucial elements of the story were left out....

Good movie!

By Aikido_Guy
It was very well acted, and funny. But don't get fooled. It's a real drama....


By Kronos
A fascinating story of love and hate between -and among- individuals in a suburban community....


By silvercloud9
an accutely observed, suggestive, haunting, and heartbreaking film, with superb performances, perfect and finely calibrated direction, a razor-sharp script, beautiful cinematography, and evocative...

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Rated R | For strong sexuality and nudity, language and some disturbing content
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Not for kids Mature story of suburban fear and yearning.
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