All the Little Animals
All the Little Animals (1999)

In this fable set in England, Christian Bale stars as a mentally disabled man who is housebound for most of the 24 years of his life. After a dispute with his abusive father, he runs away to the countryside where he befriends John Hurt, a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 3, 1999
DVD Release Date: August 19, 2003
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Todd McCarthy

Bale nimbly walks a fine line between Bobby's handicap and an increasingly mature comprehension of what he must do to survive.

Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

Quite the off-kilter, half-baked eco-sermon to begin with, Thomas's movie crumbles in its last quarter or so like a stack of supermarket cans.

Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

Based on a 1969 novel by the late Walker Hamilton, this moody film is ravishingly beautiful to look at and refreshingly unlike the glib, movie-centric crime thrillers so popular with younger first-time directors.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A brave effort, certainly different, but all too emphatically an allegory.

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Roger Ebert
At the Movies

[It] refuses to reduce its story to simple terms, and the visible story seems like a manifestation of dark and secret undercurrents. Even the ending, which some will no doubt consider routine revenge, has a certain subterranean irony.


Given his uncompromising work with the likes of Roeg, Bertolucci and Cronenberg, Thomas' directorial debut is surprisingly bland.

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

Odd and banal.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The adoption of 19th-century-melodrama conventions seems motivated mainly by a desire to tap into the emotional intensity they offer. I was enthralled by these tactics, but some viewers might gag.

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Ilana Lindsey
Film Threat

Christian Bale is utterly sympathetic and engaging as Bobby. He convincingly communicates both the simplicity and chaos of his character's personality and gives the film a strong emotional core.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Curtis Lilly
Um...pretty good. Good acting and all that, and the plot is certainly odd and enjoyable. The moral of the story is don't kill animals, just kill people if… More
Cassandra Maples
I am a big fan of Christian Bale and, for many years more, of John Hurt. They both do their very best with these characters and I'm certain that with less… More
Walter M.
As Bobby(Christian Bale) tells it, due to being hit by a car as a child, his brain is not quite right and is unable to understand complex issues, leaving him in… More