Little Women is a 2018 American drama film directed by Clare Niederpruem, from a screenplay by Niederpruem and Kristi Shimek. The seventh film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel of the same name, it is a modern retelling of the original story and marks the 150-year anniversary of the book’s release. The film stars Sarah Davenport, Allie Jennings, Lucas Grabeel, Ian Bohen, and Lea Thompson. It was released in the United States on September 28, 2018, by Pinnacle Peak.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 38% based on 14 reviews, with an average rating of 4.7/10.On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 34 out of 100, based on 7 critics, indicating “generally unfavorable reviews”
From Film critic Courtney Howard of Variety.com: ”
“This wholesome, Hallmark Channel-adjacent version of Alcott’s time-honored tale about the unshakable bond of sisterhood probably won’t be anyone’s preferred iteration. The updated setting might make it more relatable to today’s teens, but the unnecessarily disjointed structure blunts any emotional impact. As an odd footnote, Niederpruem and Shimek’s characters inhabit a world in which much-discussed author Madeleine L’Engle exists, but Alcott does not. Or maybe she does, and Jo will be slapped with a plagiarism lawsuit.”
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