Little Men
Little Men (2016)

When 13-year-old Jake's (Theo Taplitz) grandfather dies, his family moves from Manhattan back into his father's old Brooklyn home. There, Jake befriends the charismatic Tony (Michael Barbieri), whose single mother Leonor (Paulina… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 5, 2016
DVD Release Date: December 13, 2016
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Little Men takes a compassionate look at the ways in which adult problems impact childhood friendships -- and offers another affecting New York drama from director Ira Sachs.

Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

As a referendum on gentrification in Brooklyn, the movie can occasionally be a bit tedious. But the entire cast is strong, especially Michael Barbieri.

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Scott Marks
San Diego Reader

Shoring together small moments from the lives of believable characters, in a manner free of special effects and fluky plotting, and with the same dramatic and visual gusto one would apply to an epic is what independent filmmaking should be all about.

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Lisa Jensen
Good Times Santa Cruz

There's no easy resolution to the story, and Sachs doesn't try to impose one. Instead, he offers a wistful coda in which Life, inevitably, goes on.

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Lindsey Bahr
Associated Press

Its smallness makes it grand and moving. These are the things, these little moments, decisions and consequences that most human lives are made of, after all.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

As in the films of the French New Wave's Eric Rohmer, nothing cloying happens here, nothing plainly engineered to elicit emotions. But emotions are elicited - moral and ethical concerns are addressed, examined, defined.

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Diane Carson
KDHX (St. Louis)

Little Men builds gradually and honestly, eavesdropping on real conversations tinged with anger and sometimes bitterness.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Quiet but engrossing.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Sachs is a wonderfully humane filmmaker. There are never out and out saints or demons in his films, but richly detailed, relatable lives offered for us to understand.

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Lili Loofbourow
The Week

Little Men jangles with warmth and loss, and if it tells a story about New York we've heard many times before, the story it tells about childhood - about how people turn a corner and vanish - stings at least as much as it sings.

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Brendan Nicholls
Little indie film that has strong young characters. The film is a drama and doesn't get lost in the Hollywood melodrama world. The acting is top notch,… More
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My last MIFF session had me a title I hoped would raise expectations, However there's not much to say about the overall encompassing themes and moral… More
Daniel Parsons
Just fucking perfect. What astonishing performances, what remarkable writing, what specific vision. Beautiful.