He was barely out of diapers when his mother (Foster) realized that Fred Tate was different. The boy is a genius, an exceptional artist, and a gifted pianist. But all Little Man Tate wants, at seven years old, is to have a friend to eat lunch with. In a last ditch attempt to encourage his potential, and to break him out of his boredom in elementary school, his somewhat detached mother enrolls him in a school for exceptional children. Little does she know that Fred would end up more isolated than ever. This is a wonderful directorial debut by Jodie Foster with a compelling screenplay by Scott Frank. (Suzanne Hodges)
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits a picture that is generally pleasing, with images that are sharp, though detail and fine definition are limited at times. Colors appear nicely balanced with deep blacks, though fleshtones can appear a bit reddish. Contrast appears a bit low at times, but shadow delineation seems satisfactory. Edge enhancement can be bothersome. (Suzanne Hodges)
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