Little Nikita
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Jeff Grant (River Phoenix) is a San Diego teen who discovers his father Richard (Richard Jenkins) and mother Elizabeth Grant) are KGB agents. When he applies to the Air Force Academy, a routine FBI check leads to the shocking news. Soon the suburb of Fountain Grove becomes the focus of international agents and espionage. FBI agent Roy Parmenter (Sidney Poitier) helps Jeff absorb the shock and he battles KGB agent Konstantin Karpov (Richard Bradford) in a race to capture the Soviet agents. The excellent performances from Poitier and Phoenix are the highlight of this feature. ~ Dan Pavlides,… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

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"Never really materializes as a taut espionage thriller and winds up as an unsatisfying execution of a clever premise ..."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
""Little Nikita" would be nothing without River Phoenix's hair. It's the most engaging, the most watchable thing in the film."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"This lacklustre espionage thriller is bogged down with the sort of clichés you'd expect from the height of the Cold War."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"It turns all of the characters into chess pieces, whose relationships depend on the plot, not on human chemistry. Since the plot is absurdly illogical, you're not left with much."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Richard Benjamin's strategy in directing ''Little Nikita'' seems to have been to paper over the holes in the plot with routine moves from spy shows past, in hopes of making the improbable passable."
‑ Walter Goodman, New York Times
"Not a shade on "Running on Empty", but a nicely performed encore"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
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