Little Nikita
Little Nikita (1988)

In this espionage story, River Phoenix stars as Jeff Grant, a seemingly normal California teen who learns that his parents are Soviet "sleeper" operatives who've spent the last two decades in the United States waiting to… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1988
DVD Release Date: September 17, 2002
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Never really materializes as a taut espionage thriller and winds up as an unsatisfying execution of a clever premise ...

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

"Little Nikita" would be nothing without River Phoenix's hair. It's the most engaging, the most watchable thing in the film.

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Clint Morris

Not a shade on "Running on Empty", but a nicely performed encore

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

This lacklustre espionage thriller is bogged down with the sort of clichés you'd expect from the height of the Cold War.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It turns all of the characters into chess pieces, whose relationships depend on the plot, not on human chemistry. Since the plot is absurdly illogical, you're not left with much.

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Walter Goodman
New York Times

Richard Benjamin's strategy in directing ''Little Nikita'' seems to have been to paper over the holes in the plot with routine moves from spy shows past, in hopes of making the improbable passable.

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Cathy Burke
United Press International

Sidney Poitier, 10 years absent from the screen, is now back with a vengeance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
Ever have one of those days when you find out that your loving and caring parents are actually KGB spies? Weak cold war dramatics elevated by strong… More
Candy Rose
Finds out his parents are spies. Great plot.
Dean McKenna
Well-crafted, old-fashioned espionage story about the awakening of "sleeper" agents. Sidney Poitier is fabulous as the FBI agent tracking the… More