News

Little Women Social Reactions: Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh are Perfect in Greta Gerwig's Unique Adaptation

Early reactions on social media say Gerwig has delivered an inventive but faithful interpretation of the novel with brilliant performances from its stellar cast.

by | October 24, 2019 | Comments

Another adaptation of Little Women? Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel has been made into a number of movies, and most of them have been highly regarded — by critics, fans, and awards organizations alike. Greta Gerwig’s new version, which just received a standing ovation at a guild screening, is no different. Well, it is apparently different in that it’s a unique take on the material, mostly for the better, according to the first wave of critics’ social reactions to the movie. Still, we can expect the usual Oscar-worthy performances and a generally enjoyable adaptation.

Here’s what critics are saying about Little Women on social media:


Have we gotten another great adaptation?

It’s lovely.
Hannah Woodhead, Little White Lies

It’s inventive and wonderful.
Sean Fennessey, The Ringer

Wonderful. A loving, meticulously-crafted adaptation that exceeded my expectations. Heartfelt, moving and a terrific showcase for its extremely talented cast and beloved source material.
Kara Warner, People Magazine

Little Women is charming just like the novel/prior versions…Rousing score. Timely as ever. Hard not to cheer.
Scott Feinberg, Hollywood Reporter

Someone, please, invent a word stronger than “masterpiece” so I can amply describe Greta Gerwig’s Little Women. More-than-a-masterpiece? Masterpiece 2.0?
David Jenkins, Little White Lies

It rules.
David Sims, The Atlantic


Does it elicit particularly personal reactions?

Jo’s lines in Little Women resonate with me completely differently now as a 33 year old single writer. Wanting to remain independent but wanting to be loved. Greta’s take on the story made me connect with Jo in a way I never had. As a girl, I just thought she was crazy to reject Laurie.
– Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times

I’ve seen Little Women twice now and it’s one of my very favorite movies of the year.
– David Canfield, Entertainment Weekly

One of the most pleasurable cinema experiences of my life.
– David Jenkins, Little White Lies


Sony Pictures

(Photo by Sony Pictures)

How is this one different from past adaptations?

Greta Gerwig takes the straightforward story of Little Women and boldly scrambles it, starting two-thirds of the way through and retelling most of what you remember via flashbacks and cross-cutting. Call it Louisa May Alcott meets 21 Grams.
Kyle Buchanan, New York Times

Little Women has a very strong last third… and a modern interpretation of the novel that shines brightly. I liked her take on it even when it is hard to follow regarding flashbacks.
Sasha Stone, Awards Daily


Will fans of the book appreciate it?

Greta Gerwig delivers a both passionately faithful and gorgeously original take.
David Canfield, Entertainment Weekly

There’s nothing to disparage and many reasons to be pleased with Little Women. Especially, I’m thinking, for those who know the book and have a profound affection for this 19th Century saga about choices, tough terms, romance, heartbreak, love, struggle and artistic aspiration.
Jeffrey Wells, Hollywood Elsewhere


How is the ensemble cast?

Each role [is] perfectly cast.
Scott Feinberg, Hollywood Reporter

Saoirse is a fierce Jo, Chalamet/Dern/Streep especially are great in support, and Florence Pugh is astonishing.
David Canfield, Entertainment Weekly

Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh are the standout performances.
Gregory Ellwood, The Playlist

Excellent performances from Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh.
Jeffrey Wells, Hollywood Elsewhere

Flo Pugh and Streep are standouts.
Sasha Stone, Awards Daily

For my money, the MVP in Little Women is Florence Pugh…She’s hilarious and winning as Amy, the character best served by Gerwig’s structural gambits.
Kyle Buchanan, New York Times

Florence gets a lot of great notes to play as Amy March and she plays each one pretty much perfectly. As we’re seeing over and over again, she has a screen presence and performing instincts that are pretty god damn incredible.
Jordan Crucchiola, Vulture


Sony Pictures

(Photo by Sony Pictures)

What about the men?

Timothee Chalamet is the best thing about Little Women. He lights up the screen in every scene he’s in.
Jazz Tangcay, Awards Daily

Best part of Greta Gerwig’s Little Women is the idea that Louis Garrel as a heartthrob will soon be implanted in mainstream American brains. As he should be.
Ryan Lattanzio, IndieWire


What about the contributions behind the camera?

Greta Gerwig, writer/director of the new version of Little Women [got] a standing ovation. And it was well deserved!
Pete Hammond, Deadline Hollywood

Fervent, top-notch direction by Greta Gerwig; superb lensing and set design.
– Jeffrey Wells, Hollywood Elsewhere


Are there any problems?

Little Women is charming if not a wee bit long…for such a pretty score it’s overscored? There are moments you just want to hear the girls banter but… nope.
Gregory Ellwood, The Playlist

At best, it’s a fresh approach that makes you rethink familiar material. But it can also make simple plot and character developments a bit harder to locate.
Kyle Buchanan, New York Times

I have to say that it didn’t quite grab me as I’d hoped. Flashbacks, curious dream sequences, confusing here and there. Handsome and lusciously authentic, but feels in-and-outish.
Jeffrey Wells, Hollywood Elsewhere


Sony Pictures

(Photo by Sony Pictures)

Is it an awards contender?

Best Picture nominee… maybe?
Gregory Ellwood, The Playlsit

The last three Best Picture winners end happily and portrayed the world as ultimately hopeful. Greta Gerwig’s Little Women is the first movie of the year that does just that. So… front runner?
Sean Fennessey, The Ringer

We’ll see as far as Oscars — nice to have an upbeat option. The 36-year-old actress turned auteur could become the first female two-time best director Oscar nominee.
Scott Feinberg, Hollywood Reporter

I’m not saying Jo March is Saoirse’s Oscar, but truly her only issue as an actress is that she’s so good & makes her roles look so effortless and genuine and complete that she might fall into the Amy Adams camp of being so simply good it’s like Academy voters take her for granted.
Jordan Crucchiola, Vulture

An award-season cherry.
Jeffrey Wells, Hollywood Elsewhere


Little Women is in theaters December 25.

#1

Little Women (2019)
95%

#1
Adjusted Score: 113.108%
Critics Consensus: With a stellar cast and a smart, sensitive retelling of its classic source material, Greta Gerwig's Little Women proves some stories truly are timeless.
Synopsis: Writer-director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has crafted a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings... [More]
Directed By: Greta Gerwig

Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.

Tag Cloud

X-Men australia cancelled TV shows Arrowverse Showtime Countdown golden globes harry potter asian-american natural history Red Carpet halloween stoner cops YouTube Premium scorecard Marvel Television 71st Emmy Awards fast and furious Amazon Studios cooking children's TV Pride Month romance Nat Geo Fox Searchlight Kids & Family stand-up comedy Syfy BET FX on Hulu DC streaming service TruTV Musicals The Witch films 45 Crunchyroll TLC Western Marvel cancelled TV series Esquire TV renewals Star Trek Women's History Month Superheroes Film Festival VH1 Acorn TV Action 20th Century Fox facebook Set visit Hear Us Out FOX Creative Arts Emmys talk show serial killer venice universal monsters comic books renewed TV shows CBS Amazon Prime archives Music Stephen King Holiday Netflix Christmas movies spanish language Teen movie cancelled television sitcom superhero 2017 french Captain marvel Mary Tyler Moore Chernobyl thriller 21st Century Fox Sony Pictures strong female leads documentary MSNBC 2016 Star Wars WarnerMedia worst Emmy Nominations Comedy Central 24 frames name the review NBC 007 GIFs Thanksgiving dragons Fall TV cats 2018 Cannes VOD cancelled ESPN sequel Pop TV theme song south america elevated horror rt archives ABC Family The CW crime child's play streaming dceu RT21 tv talk Anna Paquin dogs spinoff crossover Character Guide 2019 game of thrones Trailer Hulu Disney LGBT TCM anthology criterion Sneak Peek twilight Chilling Adventures of Sabrina IFC Films romantic comedy Fantasy The Walking Dead parents Starz GoT Comic Book Endgame Amazon Prime Video 2015 Television Critics Association 4/20 PlayStation ratings Spike breaking bad spanish Tomatazos zero dark thirty APB cinemax Quiz Toys finale SDCC latino Reality Competition Logo critics Awards Tour batman New York Comic Con Hallmark Christmas movies Lifetime psychological thriller Avengers reviews animated FX concert Turner Classic Movies Comics on TV Best and Worst Trophy Talk Super Bowl Black History Month National Geographic Masterpiece canceled TV shows Video Games Binge Guide ghosts VICE richard e. Grant Universal satire medical drama Polls and Games YouTube Red The Arrangement unscripted Infographic Ovation period drama Baby Yoda Election Adult Swim Sundance Now LGBTQ police drama docudrama TCA Winter 2020 First Look Bravo comiccon reboot indie Amazon OWN GLAAD mission: impossible series BAFTA nature kids 2020 supernatural war Winners Tarantino miniseries politics dark Pop CMT comedies AMC SXSW deadpool Black Mirror news Song of Ice and Fire Emmys Rom-Com BBC America Mindy Kaling nbcuniversal what to watch Biopics E3 TBS Cosplay Turner indiana jones doctor who worst movies Epix mutant independent Freeform Dark Horse Comics President emmy awards Crackle USA Network festivals toronto Britbox psycho nfl screen actors guild Interview Pet Sematary transformers teaser Fox News Spectrum Originals Musical Heroines remakes video on demand BET Awards mockumentary green book zombie RT History DGA television Food Network chucky Premiere Dates BBC Nominations zombies A24 binge obituary Netflix SundanceTV book Writers Guild of America christmas movies free movies sequels MTV Travel Channel Sundance Valentine's Day Grammys jamie lee curtis PaleyFest Rocketman Mystery dc Mudbound social media science fiction TV Land robots Watching Series A&E Tubi technology Country adaptation NYCC Apple TV based on movie Discovery Channel football Year in Review anime Extras Disney Plus biography Film disaster San Diego Comic-Con Apple TV+ Sundance TV classics Lifetime Christmas movies Pixar PBS Sci-Fi laika space toy story TIFF Disney Channel franchise Martial Arts YA Oscars boxoffice Disney streaming service WGN italian werewolf canceled Paramount Network Television Academy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt History Schedule El Rey CBS All Access CW Seed Vudu versus comics Pirates See It Skip It scary movies Summer video Podcast Classic Film Horror hist Shudder cars rotten diversity BBC One sag awards blaxploitation adventure slashers DirecTV TNT Elton John Columbia Pictures Warner Bros. ABC Reality Calendar best Marvel Studios sports TCA 2017 Mary Poppins Returns OneApp Animation Disney+ Disney Plus Mary poppins Superheroe E! aliens travel casting DC Comics HBO Go Drama Marathons singing competition TCA Hallmark YouTube cults directors cartoon Apple TV Plus Nickelodeon American Society of Cinematographers Spring TV Ellie Kemper MCU Certified Fresh stop motion HBO Max joker First Reviews Family Opinion FXX USA game show james bond dramedy Winter TV ID true crime Comedy Brie Larson movies Academy Awards die hard halloween tv award winner The Purge hollywood composers Paramount Rock TCA Awards Christmas spain HBO 72 Emmy Awards witnail documentaries DC Universe Tumblr Peacock Lucasfilm Holidays quibi japanese rotten movies we love historical drama Walt Disney Pictures vampires hispanic Photos a nightmare on elm street crime drama justice league Box Office festival Trivia revenge Ghostbusters Awards ITV Cartoon Network The Academy Funimation spider-man discovery crime thriller Rocky Lionsgate Shondaland IFC screenings black blockbuster comic political drama spy thriller all-time foreign CNN