• Network: PBS
  • Series Premiere Date: May 13, 2018
User Score
4.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 4 out of 8

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  1. May 14, 2018
    0
    Saccharine silliness. An insult to a great book and to those who cherish it.
  2. Jun 1, 2018
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This series was a waste of time. The acting was okay the production values were the only thing that allowed me to rate it a 3. Amy was a kid that should have grown up but she didn't. Instead they had a grown woman play her all the way through. I also thought that many of the things that made the girls different were not emphasized enough. They all seemed to be the same person with no real differences at all. Most of the important events were not well expressed or were omitted entirely. This is the only spoiler --> Beth's death took forever! So yes, this series was a complete fail and I do not recommend it. Expand
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    May 15, 2018
    40
    To its detriment, Little Women returns to the classic PBS “Masterpiece” style of being true to a piece of literature nearly to the point of drowning it in formaldehyde. One positive note is Caswill’s cinematography, evocative of an aesthetic that resembles Hudson River School landscape art in miniature. Woefully, the action occurring within these settings is less interesting. ... It’s fine that no alluring strangers show up, and maddening that none of Alcott’s uplifting zest does either.
  2. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    May 14, 2018
    50
    As it is, the overall effect is undeniably pretty but somewhat baffling, a bit like Instagrammable avolato. It’s a well-intentioned and updated Little Women, but not quite a classic.
  3. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    May 14, 2018
    60
    Once director Vanessa Caswill boils away the innocence, Little Women becomes a more substantial drama. ... While the four roles could have been played by stronger actresses, they’re fairly well-matched. Watson and Lansbury are left to carry the subtlety. Both do it well, making us long for “Older Women,” a version that views the high-strung March girls from another perspective.