Little Women
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George Cukor directed this classic adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's sentimental novel with a shimmering lavishness that is a prime example of the classic Hollywood style at its best. The story concerns the lives of four New England sisters -- Jo (Katharine Hepburn), Amy (Joan Bennett), Meg (Frances Dee), and Beth (Jean Parker) -- during the time of the Civil War. Jo desires to leave home to become a writer, but decides to stay to help the family. But Meg announces her plans to get married, so Jo leaves for New York City. As she settles down to a writing career, she meets Professor Fritz… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"The film begins in a gentle fashion and slips away smoothly without any forced attempt to help the finish to linger in the minds of the audience."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"Star-graced Cukor production is classic."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"A solid adaptation and crisp direction by Cukor."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"Little Women (1933) is one of the best-made film renditions of the Louisa May Alcott Civil War-era tale of a family of four sisters in New England, from director George Cukor."
‑ Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
"One of Hollywood's original chick flicks by one of its original chick flick directors (George Cukor)."
‑ Dan Jardine, Slant Magazine
"Part comedy of manners, part morality tale, Little Women is more interested in its heroines "conquering themselves" than in a man conquering their hearts."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"A twee fantasy of frictionless sorority and romantic deaths as scant diversion from the carnage of the Civil War."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Cukor directed the second and best of the four screen versions of this classic novel, starring Katharine Hepburn, who gives an extraordinary performance as the sensitive tomboy."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Released during the depths of the Depression, Little Women buoyed Americans' spirits. It still does."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The third of nine adaptations of the film to date, the 1933 Little Women is nonetheless one of the better versions of the book, and it can be forgiven a lot due to its age and era."
‑ Christopher Null,
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