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: 98% 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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Kenji Fujishima
Brooklyn Magazine

As was the case with Love is Strange, Sachs observes these interpersonal dynamics with an evenhanded gaze, refusing to fully condemn any of his characters even when they act in selfish and untoward ways.

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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 Pershing
Malibu Times

Bravo, Ira Sachs, for the fine direction and co-writing.

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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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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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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.