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4.0 out of 5 stars "All I want is someone to eat lunch with"
Since Diane's scathing review is written from the perspective of an experienced parent, an equally knowledgeable one is surely also due from a (former) gifted child.

Admittedly, Little Man Tate is hardly a work of social realism (it lurches from comedy to fantasy to melodrama in places). The two mother figures are limited by being binary opposites, the happy...
Published on 15 Aug 2011 by DMA

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2.0 out of 5 stars Roll out the cliches
As the parent of a high-testing child, I hated this.

Fred is just sooo gifted - music, maths, poetry - he's Einstein! No, wait, he's Shakespeare! No, he's Mozart. And so of course, he's utterly friendless, as they were - except actually they weren't. Most 'gifted' children have lots of friends.

Wiest too is the cliched Lonely Genius. Sigh. All...
Published on 8 Feb 2007 by D. M. Purkiss


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "All I want is someone to eat lunch with", 15 Aug 2011
This review is from: Little Man Tate [DVD] [1992] (DVD)
Since Diane's scathing review is written from the perspective of an experienced parent, an equally knowledgeable one is surely also due from a (former) gifted child.

Admittedly, Little Man Tate is hardly a work of social realism (it lurches from comedy to fantasy to melodrama in places). The two mother figures are limited by being binary opposites, the happy ending is too 'pat' and the ultimate message - that common sense and abstract genius need each other - is rather `on the nose'. However, Jodie Foster was herself something of a child prodigy, and this film is infused with the child's viewpoint. It's a flawed little gem.

While I never had Fred's level of genius, I skipped two years at school, outperformed my peers across most of the curriculum, and didn't learn to 'mask'. Seeing this film for the first time in my early twenties I finally found a character in fiction who represented my experiences. So while the two female leads are rather cartoon-like, I found Fred - a touchingly straightforward and arresting performance by Adam Hann-Byrd - entirely believable and relatable. His isolation and social ineptitude, his inability to stop thinking, even the disastrous birthday party, all took me right back to my childhood. Sure it's simplistic, even a missed opportunity in places, but it's also surprisingly truthful. At least, it spoke to me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely movie, 19 April 2013
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M. Bijlsma "Marc" (Hilversum, Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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"Little man Tate" is a lovely movie. The story is heartwarming, moving, sad, funny... simply lovely! There's a cliche here and there, but the great performances by Jodie Foster, Dianne Wiest and Adam Hann-Byrd make up for everything. This is certainly a movie I could watch every few years.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Roll out the cliches, 8 Feb 2007
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D. M. Purkiss "Diane" (Oxford, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Little Man Tate [DVD] [1992] (DVD)
As the parent of a high-testing child, I hated this.

Fred is just sooo gifted - music, maths, poetry - he's Einstein! No, wait, he's Shakespeare! No, he's Mozart. And so of course, he's utterly friendless, as they were - except actually they weren't. Most 'gifted' children have lots of friends.

Wiest too is the cliched Lonely Genius. Sigh. All requiring blue-collar good sense....

And the idea the Dianne Wiest character voices - that genius learns wihtout effort - is utterly misleading. Mozaret and Shakespeare worked like hell, and so did Einstein. it's jsut that WHEN THEY worked, the results were astounding.

Most high-testing kids in Fred's circs learn to mask at a very early age. Mysteriously, Fred doesn't. Unless he's masking when he misdefines lepton, but I think that's the screenwriter.

This really doesn't cut it. It's touching, but it's cheap. Searching for Bobby Fischer was a lot better, because it showed hwo horrible parents and mentors can be to someone very clever. Best of all is Noi Tre. Give this a miss.
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Liked it up to a point., 6 Jan 2006
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This review is from: Little Man Tate [DVD] [1992] (DVD)
My wife and I agreed - the characters are too 2-dimensional, and the film is ultimately too "feel good." Glad we saw it on TV. Rent it before you buy it.
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