All The Little Animals

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Released 1998

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Director:
Jeremy Thomas
Released:
1998
Rating:
R
All The Little Animals is a 1999 drama directed by Jeremy Thomas and written by Eski Thomas. Bobby Platt (Christian Bale), a young man in his early 20s, leads an unhappy and fearful life with his cruel stepfather (Daniel Benzali). Bobby's life is filled with hard knocks: when he was a child, he suffered brain damage that still impairs his thinking and emotional growth, and he lost his mother, meaning that he is now at the mercy of "The Fat," as his stepfather is known. Peaceful and childlike, Bobby hates it when The Fat abuses him by killing his pets. Driven to his breaking point, Bobby flees from home. After a series of further tragedies, Bobby finally find a kindred spirit in the form of Mr. Summers (John Hurt), an eccentric old man who has a respect for life and death. Along with Mr. Summers, Bobby learns how to find dead animals and give them proper burials, a way of life that suits his gentle nature. However, Bobby soon finds that he cannot fully escape his dark past.moreless

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  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Falls so far outside our ordinary story expectations it may frustrate some viewers.

  • 60

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Would seem hokey if it didn't have powerful, extraordinary central performances and cinematography that lends the English landscape around Cornwall a mythical cast.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Gene Seymour

    There's something plodding and uncomfortably strident about Little Animals that keeps the audience from sharing, much less understanding, Bobby's enchantment.

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