Little Children does not have quite the bleak discipline of Field’s more keenly judged In the Bedroom. Yet it is a more ambitious film and a considerable achievement, particularly in the ways it permits authentic savagery to break through the leafy languidness of suburban life, powerfully reinforcing the notion that no matter how comfortable people believe they are, violence–sometimes open, sometimes present as a restless quirk of the mind–is never more than a heartbeat away.

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