100

Boston Globe

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]
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100

Chicago Tribune

Armstrong and screenwriter Robin Swicord have pared the work's sentimentality and bolstered its intellectual content, [21 Dec 1994]
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100

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
Director Gillian Armstrong takes the delicate snow globe that is Little Women and gives it a bold new shake. [21 Dec 1994]
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A graceful, unsentimental, well-made movie.
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88

TV Guide

By Ethan Alter
Director Gillian Armstrong's feminist spin on classic material retains the moving humanity of Louisa May Alcott's novel while reworking it with welcome freshness.
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Gillian Armstrong's adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's 1868 novel is lively and thoughtful and beautifully formed. [21 Dec 1994]
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Director Gillian Armstrong finds the serious themes and refuses to simplify the story into a "family" formula. "
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Meticulously crafted, and warmly acted by a cast that includes Winona Ryder as Jo and Susan Sarandon as her mother, the devoted Marmee, Little Women is one of the rare Hollywood studio films that invites your attention, slowly and elegantly, rather than propelling your interest with effects and easy manipulation.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
This tale of four independent sisters of differing temperaments is undeniably melodramatic, but it's very good melodrama, with an accumulation of vitality and charm that elevates the movie to an unexpectedly high level.
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70

Wall Street Journal

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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87 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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