Little Children


Little Children

Critics Consensus

Little Children takes a penetrating look at suburbia and its flawed individuals with an unflinching yet humane eye.



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In a suburban town full of perfect parents devoted to rearing their children for Harvard futures, a stay-at-home mom has an affair with an ex-jock, stay-at-home dad who rebels against his wife's wishes that he become a big-bucks lawyer.


Kate Winslet
as Sarah Pierce
Patrick Wilson
as Brad Adamson
Jennifer Connelly
as Kathy Adamson
Jackie Earle Haley
as Ronald James McGorvey
Gregg Edelman
as Richard Pierce
Noah Emmerich
as Larry Hedges
Phyllis Somerville
as May McGorvey
Sadie Goldstein
as Lucy Pierce
Ty Simpkins
as Aaron Adamson
Helen Carey
as Slutty Kay
Raymond J. Barry
as Bullhorn Bob
Erica Berg
as Secretary
Chadwick Brown
as Tony Corrente
Alida P. Field
as ICU Room Loved One
Anna Audia
as Isabella
Mary Goggin
as Agitated Woman
Phil McGlaston
as Rogers, Dewayne
Bruce Kirkpatrick
as Bart Williams
Chance Kelly
as Olafson
Adam Mucci
as Richie Murphy
Cheryl Patrick
as Concerned Mother
Tom Perrotta
as Small Man
Crystal Field
as Josephine
Mark A. Pierce
as Slutty Kay Fan
Hunter Reid
as Christian
David Cole
as Skateboarder 2
Lisa Sample
as Mother with Cell Phone at Pool
Weston Elrod
as skateboarder 3
Adam Sietz
as The Big Man
Leon Vitali
as Familiar Man
Christopher Nicholas Smith
as Steakhouse Waiter
Carolyn Erika Walter
as Country Club Mother
Stan Carp
as Cabbie
Sandra Berrios
as Kind Woman in Hospital
Ivar Brogger
as ICU Counsellor
Myra Turley
as ICU Nurse
Paul Mott
as Boy in Katy's Documentary
Beatrice Rigaud
as Concerned Mom at Pool
Jillian Lindig
as Concerned Mom at Pool
William Harvey
as Policeman at Pool
Casper Andreas
as Policeman at Pool
Matt Garifo
as Lifegaurd
Brooke Fazio
as Snack Girl
Monica Dobson
as Wading Pool Mom
Ken Tirado
as Bartender
Carlie LaPorta
as Children at Steakhouse
Joe C. Guest
as Ted From Richard's Office
Bruce Gross
as Ray From Next Door
Patrick Larkin
as Auditor Team Captain
Michael Diesel
as Police Officer at McGorvey's
Conrad Angel Corral
as Slutty Kay Fan Club Member
Darrell E. Geer
as Slutty Kay Fan Club Member
Gil Ira Hayes
as Slutty Kay Fan Club Member
Marshall Lefcourt
as Slutty Kay Fan Club Member
Gary Anthony Ramsay
as off-screen anchor
Patricia A. Gangemi
as Concerned Parent
Cynthia L. Wiese
as Concerned Parent
Loren Wiese
as Concerned Parent
Clare F. Mithcell
as Concerned Parent
John Begley
as Background Football Player
Travis Koestler
as Skateboarder
Daniel Falla
as Skateboarder
Luis Tolentilo
as Skateboarder
Tugman Tookmanlian
as Skateboarder
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Critic Reviews for Little Children

All Critics (161) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (128) | Rotten (33)

  • The film displays a certain kinship with Sam Mendes's American Beauty, but Field is more tragedian than social satirist.

    Feb 9, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Little Children is disturbing and smart and the best satire of modern American suburbia since American Beauty.

    Jan 5, 2007 | Rating: 5/5
  • Well-acted and meticulously crafted, Little Children can feel less like a full-blooded representation of life than a disquieting literary exercise.

    Jan 5, 2007 | Rating: B-
  • I didn't like any of these characters, but I kept pulling for them anyway -- right up to the shock-o-riffic ending, when I felt I'd been sucker-punched.

    Jan 5, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • As in Field's first film, the characters are drawn with such compassion their follies become our own and their desires seem as vast as the night sky.

    Jan 5, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Little Children includes all the clichéd scenarios of a midday TV sudser, but they're ratcheted up several seedy degrees.

    Jan 4, 2007 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Little Children

  • Feb 09, 2016
    Little Children is a fascinating and disturbing glimpse into suburban life, without a group of intriguing and diverse characters. The performances here are just outstanding. Kate Winslet and Jackie Earl Haley truly stand out, giving raw and unflinching performances that both terrify and amaze me. Patrick Wilson is also fantastic, giving us a real look into the life of this empty man. Noah Emmerich is very underrated as well, as he steals the show in some scenes. Everyone in the film was at the top of their game. This detailed vision came together extremely well, and it really left me thinking for days after I had saw it.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 26, 2013
    It is disturbing but the film is really really effective in telling a troubled tale of an affair in a suburban setting with a pedophile thrown in for good measure. Winslet is fantastic as always.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2012
    Freaking great! Its a real nice way of showing how intense suburban life can be. Though the ending is a bit of a fantasy, the rest is raw and powerful.
    paul o Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2012
    Without having read the book, I can still say confidently that Little Children is a near-perfect literary adaptation. Its multi-layered narrative coupled with its cleverly utilized narration give the movie a distinctly literary feel. It's an astoundingly humane drama that takes a piercing look at the darker underbelly of suburbia while also communicating a message of hope in the goodness of humanity. Kate Winslet plays Sarah Pierce, a suburban mother and wife who, dissatisfied with her husband and friends, begins an affair with a similarly dissatisfied father named Brad (Patrick Wilson). Their affair is set against the overarching plot of registered sex offender Ronnie (Jackie Earle Haley) and his mother moving into the neighborhood, causing parents in the neighborhood to fear for their children's safety. Jackie Earle Haley is the standout actor in an already talented cast, portraying Ronnie as a miserable outcast struggling to overcome his disorder rather than as the heartless sexual predator that his neighbors see him as. The scene in which Ronnie goes for a swim in the public pool is one of the best in the movie, and clearly illustrates his character. As the tension continues to build, the different plotlines of the movie converge until it reaches an intense but moving climax. It's not the first movie to dissect the dark side of suburbia, but Little Children is one of the better ones, and its sympathetic view of its characters makes it an intelligent and thought-provoking drama.
    Joey S Super Reviewer

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