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Little Men

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Ira Sachs

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About the Movie

When 13-year-old Jake’s (Theo Taplitz) grandfather dies, his family moves from Manhattan back into his father’s Brooklyn home. There, Jake befriends the charismatic Tony (Michael Barbieri), whose single, Chilean mother Leonor (Paulina Garcia) runs the dress shop downstairs. When Jake’s parents Brian (Greg Kinnear) and Kathy (Jennifer Ehle) ask Leonor to pay a higher rent — and a feud ignites between the adults — the boys take an oath of silence against their parents in protest. Directed by Ira Sachs (Love is Strange, Keep the Lights On, Forty Shades of Blue) with his trademark humanism and insight, Little Men is the story of a life defining friendship amid family turmoil, and one of the best reviewed American films in years.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 132
  • Fresh: 127
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 8.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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. – Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press, Dec 30, 2016

Fresh: 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. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Sep 1, 2016

Fresh: Quiet but engrossing. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Sep 15, 2016

Fresh: 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. – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, Sep 2, 2016

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Customer Reviews

A dark drama where both sides of the coin lose

The storyline between the little men in this movie is precious. No doubt...enjoyable. But when you weigh in the the landlord/tenant storyline, it quickly becomes quite dismal. The "this is just business" attitude of the "haves" completely discounts the "personal relationships" between the "have nots & "the haves". I wonder if this is a precursor of whats about to happen when we "change the guard" between presidents.

Self-Indulgent Drivel

I would rather watch grass grow than watch this again. You keep waiting for something to happen that is interesting, and it never happens. I am guessing the prior reviewers are somehow related to the cast or crew. Cause if I ever see anyone involved in this, I will demand those 2 hours of my life back. Brutal.

i don't understand why critics are so enamored with this film

I was looking for a movie that really made me feel sad, and Little Men failed miserably. I never felt much of anything, and spent most of the film rolling my eyes at how cheesy it was. The soundtrack is so detrimental to the story, which is boring, predictable, and poorly told. I could hardly make it through the end, and found myself waiting for it to end as i was watching it. It's just not a good movie. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

Little Men
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2016

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