Little Women (2018 film)

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Little Women
Little Women 2018 poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byClare Niederpruem
Produced by
  • Maclain Nelson
  • Kristi Shimek
  • Stephen Shimek
  • David M. Wulf
Written by
  • Clare Niederpruem
  • Kristi Shimek
Based on
Music byRobert Allen Elliott
CinematographyAnka Malatynska
Edited byKristi Shimek
Distributed by
Release date
  • September 28, 2018 (2018-09-28) (United States)
Running time
112 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.4 million[1]

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.


  • Sarah Davenport as Jo March
    • Aimee Lynne Johnson as Young Jo
  • Allie Jennings as Beth March
    • Reese Oliveira as Young Beth
  • Melanie Stone as Meg March
  • Taylor Murphy as Amy March
    • Elise Jones as Young Amy
  • Lucas Grabeel as Laurie Lawrence
  • Stuart Edge as Brooke
  • Ian Bohen as Freddy Bhaer
  • Lea Thompson as Marmee March
  • Bart Johnson as Papa March
  • Adam Johnson as Duke Senior
  • Michael Flynn as Mr. Laurence


In April 2017, it was announced Lea Thompson and Lucas Grabeel had joined the cast of the film, with Clare Niederpruem directing from a screenplay she wrote alongside Kristi Shimek, based upon the novel of the same name by Louisa May Alcott. Maclain Nelson and Stephen Shimek will serve as producers on the film, while Chris Donahue and Marybeth Sprows, will executive produce the film under their Main Dog Productions and Paulist Productions banners, respectively.[2] In June 2017, Sarah Davenport and Ian Bohen joined the cast of the film.[3]


Principal photography began in June 2017, in Salt Lake City, Utah.[4]


In June 2018, it was announced Pinnacle Peak and Pure Flix Entertainment would distribute the film.[5] It was released in the United States on September 28, 2018.[6]

Box office projection[edit]

In the United States and Canada, Little Women was released alongside Smallfoot, Night School and Hell Fest, and was projected to gross $3–5 million from 643 theaters in its opening weekend.[7] It ended up grossing just $747,000, finishing 16th at the box office.[8]

Critical response[edit]

According to the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 29% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 24 reviews, with an average rating of 4.86/10. The site's critics consensus reads, "This updated version of Little Women may hold some appeal for newcomers, but fans of the classic source material have far better adaptations to choose from."[9] At Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 40 out of 100 based on 11 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[10] Nell Minow of gave it 3 out of 4 stars and wrote, "For devotees, the essence of the Little Women story remains, and, for newcomers, it is a sweet film that should inspire them to explore the book and the more traditional adaptations."[11] But Elizabeth Weitzman of The Wrap gave it low marks, writing, "The girls in this contemporary retelling ... are not messy and complex human beings but Hallmark Channel characters, two-dimensional symbols of virtuous nostalgia."[12] Faith-based reviewers were more generous. Kristin Smith of Plugged In said the film "illustrates the importance of loving one another, of practicing forgiveness and of moving forward despite difficult times."[13] Michael Foust of Crosswalk wrote that "unlike other modern-day film adaptations that spoiled a classic, Little Women is an updated version that doesn’t ruin what made the original great. ... Here’s hoping [Niederpruem] makes many more like this one."[14]


  1. ^ "Little Women (2018)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  2. ^ Busch, Anita (April 27, 2017). "Lea Thompson To Star In New Feature Adaptation Of 'Little Women'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  3. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (June 8, 2017). "Ryan Hansen To Co-Star In 'Bum Deal'; Ian Bohen Joins 'Little Women'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  4. ^ P. Means, Sean (April 30, 2017). "Modern take on 'Little Women' to be filmed in Utah". The Salt Lake City Tribune. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  5. ^ "Pinnacle Peak to Release Modern Retelling of Timeless Family Story "Little Women" In Theaters Sept. 28". PR Newswire. June 14, 2018. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  6. ^ Hamby, Dewayne (June 28, 2018). "TRAILER: First Look at Modern Retelling of 'Little Women' Starring Lea Thompson". Patheos. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  7. ^ McNary, Dave (September 9, 2018). "Kevin Hart-Tiffany Haddish's 'Night School' to Score High Marks in Box Office Debut". Variety. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  8. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (September 30, 2018). "'Night School' Top Of The Weekend's Box Office Class With $28M; Best Opening For A Comedy So Far This Year". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  9. ^ "Little Women (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  10. ^ "Little Women (2018) Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  11. ^ Minow, Nell. "Little Women Movie Review & Film Summary (2018) | Roger Ebert". Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  12. ^ "'Little Women' Film Review: Contemporary Take on Literary Classic Feels More Old-Fashioned Than the Original". TheWrap. 2018-09-27. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  13. ^ "Plugged In". Plugged In. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  14. ^ "5 Reasons You Should Watch the Newest Little Women". Retrieved 2019-01-12.

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