Little Children
Little Children (2006)

In a suburban town full of perfect parents devoted to rearing their children for Harvard futures, a stay-at-home mom has an affair with an ex-jock, stay-at-home dad who rebels against his wife's wishes that he become a big-bucks lawyer.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: October 6, 2006
DVD Release Date: May 1, 2007
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Little Children takes a penetrating look at suburbia and its flawed individuals with an unflinching yet humane eye.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Little Children is disturbing and smart and the best satire of modern American suburbia since American Beauty.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

As in Field's first film, the characters are drawn with such compassion their follies become our own and their desires seem as vast as the night sky.

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David Keyes

That a movie can inspire smirks in the same scene where a potential predator is seen scuba diving in the community swimming pool underneath hundreds of young children is one of the most notable feats of any modern motion picture.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Well-acted and meticulously crafted, Little Children can feel less like a full-blooded representation of life than a disquieting literary exercise.

Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic

Little Children includes all the clichéd scenarios of a midday TV sudser, but they're ratcheted up several seedy degrees.

Richard von Busack

Playing up her sturdiness, her furry dark brows and the wiry unruliness of her old-gold hair, Winslet is the best Emma Bovary I've seen-even if she's named Sarah, not Emma.

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Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times

I didn't like any of these characters, but I kept pulling for them anyway -- right up to the shock-o-riffic ending, when I felt I'd been sucker-punched.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A beautifully observed, profoundly moving tale of suburban malaise.


More than just another dissection of suburban sexual frustration, its concern with children, parents and those of us who lie somewhere in-between make Little Children a minor masterpiece.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
This was well on it's way to being an excellent movie - and then it just lost it's own thread.
paul oh
Freaking great! Its a real nice way of showing how intense suburban life can be. Though the ending is a bit of a fantasy, the rest is raw and powerful.
Film Crazy
Maybe my lack of understanding is what provides a low rating compared to its apparent popularity, but there is simply nothing to like about this pointless and… More
Steven Carrier
"Little Children" (Todd Field terrific follow up to "In the Bedroom") is well within my wheel house for what I look for in a film. A great… More
Chris Weber
Author Tom Perrotta joined up with director/sometimes actor Todd Field to make an adaptation of his novel about the woes of living in suburbia, especially where… More
Saskia D.
A quote on the cover said "Twin Peaks meets Desperate Housewives, sharp edges included". And I can agree with that. It also reminded me a little of… More