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.

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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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Acting is not the problem here. The story is the problem. It takes aim at some serious issues, but doesn't have the guts to really address them. Instead, the story skittishly skates around the issues it raises, and quits before it gets ahead.

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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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Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com

This is not a Disney movie with a teary resolution and all sins forgiven. Sachs is more interested in the nuances of relationships, the power of childhood friendship...

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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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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Sachs doesn't push the tragic aspects of "Little Men," but they're there, looming behind the life-goes-on vibe of the final scenes and waiting for you to work it out on the way home.

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Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience

It's safe to say that [Ira Sachs] is in the midst of his peak storytelling years. Do not miss out on them.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Eberhardt
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.