Little Women
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Louisa May Alcott's classic novel about a family of women in Civil War-era New England is again brought to the screen in this adaptation. The focus is on the March sisters, four young girls raised by their mother (Susan Sarandon) after their father leaves for battle as part of the Union Army. At the center is Jo March (Winona Ryder), an idiosyncratic would-be writer said to be based on Alcott herself, but the film also focuses on the stories of her sisters -- the more conventional Meg (Trini Alvarado), the innocent Beth (Claire Danes), and the precocious Amy (Kirsten Dunst and Samantha… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An outstanding version of Louisa May Alcott's perennial, one that surpasses even the best previous rendition, George Cukor's 1933 outing starring Katharine Hepburn."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Ryder has Gillian Armstrong to shape the surrounding story, etching scenes of the March girls into indelibly lovely images while emphasizing the underlying strength of Louisa Mae Allcott's family tale."
‑ Lucy Mohl,
"The third version of the classic is better than the second (in 1948) and almost as touching as Cukor's first rendition in 1933, toplining Kathatrine Hepburn."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Devoted and lovely retelling of the classic story."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"The characters are two dimensional stick figures. They do absolutely no wrong."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Be prepared, however, for a large beaker of the milk of human kindness."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Director Gillian Armstrong and writer Robin Swicord have fashioned an entrancing film from this distinctly unfashionable classic."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Despite good casting, interesting sets and costumes and Armstrong's good direction, the viewers still might feel somewhat cheated -- instead of an interesting period piece they received ordinary melodrama."
‑ Dragan Antulov,
"It is a delight for anyone who appreciates genuine emotion, insight, and beautiful filmmaking."
‑ Scott Renshaw,
"Ladies, get out your hand-hemmed handkerchiefs for the loveliest Little Women ever on screen."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Meticulously crafted, and warmly acted."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"A little sappy."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Vibrant and appealing screen interpretation of Louis May Alcott's classic story about family as an evolving energy field of love."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The sixth filming may well rank as the most beautiful and compelling version, though certainly some will still prefer George Cukor's classic 1933 version."
‑ Mark R. Leeper,
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