Little Man Tate
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Jodie Foster made her directorial debut (with a script by Scott Frank) in this tale of a child prodigy's search for social acceptance. Fred Tate (Adam Hann-Byrd) is a precocious fourth grader who has no problem with the most complex mathematical problems or in banging out a Rachmaninoff concerto on the piano, but is totally inept at playing baseball or dealing with children his own age. His mother Dede (Jodie Foster) is a cocktail waitress who acts more like a child than Fred, but cares passionately about her son. Fred comes to the attention of child psychologist Jane Grierson (Dianne… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

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"Well meaning but too similistic and earnest melodrama that juxtaposes two types philosophies of how to raise a brilliant kid"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Cute, if not terribly substantial."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Lawrence Journal-World
"A triumphant debut as a film director for Jodie Foster in a captivating tale about a pint-sized genius."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Tries to jerk tears but instead elicits giggles."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Foster displays a great touch in her directorial debut"
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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