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Documentary filmmaker Nicole Conn and her life partner, Gwen Baba, were already parents of a little girl named Gabrielle when they decided it was time to have a second child. Due to health problems, Conn and Baba chose to have a surrogate mother bear the child, but they discovered in time that the mother they chose was not completely honest about certain health issues, and due to the dangerously slow development of the fetus, a bit more than three months before the baby's due date, doctors advised Conn and Baba to abandon the pregnancy. Conn sternly refused to do so, and young Nicholas was… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"While Conn's story is inherently compelling, it's pretty much ruined in the telling thanks to her unnerving choice to fill it with a twinkling piano-heavy score, florid narration, and trembling slow-motion."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"Little Man is an unusually honest film about the ambiguity of maternal love."
‑ Dana Stevens, New York Times
"The film leaves viewers with the odd sensation of having peered into the most intimate details of other people's lives, without acquiring much beyond surface impressions."
‑ Saul Austerlitz, Boxoffice Magazine
"An emotionally powerful record of a remarkable little boy's fight to live."
‑ Timothy Knight, Reel.com
"Tells a tale rife with implications about abortion and the consequences of modern medical technological progress."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"Your baby is near death. Instead of dropping everything to save his life, you make sure the video camera keeps rolling."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"What lingers are the images of Nicholas's manhandling by a host of dispassionate medicos and a sense that 'quality of life' is a much shakier concept than we could've imagined."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Village Voice
"able to powerfully bring to mind some touching issues and blur the line of hard decision making"
‑ Rachel Gordon, Filmcritic.com
"Given the subject matter, this new world of manufactured disability, as Conn describes it, is often gripping and moving."
‑ Kent Turner, Film-Forward.com
"With her penchant for frilly romance and sentimentality, the focus is often, cloyingly, on Conn as the heroine of the story, the mother who (sob!) wouldn't give up."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"A deeply personal, often wrenching documentary that raises pertinent and difficult questions about choices made and their potential ramifications."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"Like her own admitted inability to see Nicholas' situation through anything other than a 'mother's eyes,' Conn is also unable to view her film objectively, even as it grows overlong and ungainly."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An experiment in the brave new world of same-sex child-bearing goes badly and is turned into a film."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
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