Meanwhile, Meg gives birth to fraternal twins Demi and Daisy.
A letter from Amy informs the family that Aunt March is too ill to travel, so Amy must remain in Europe with her.
The site's critics consensus reads, "Thanks to a powerhouse lineup of talented actresses, Gillian Armstrong's take on Louisa May Alcott's Little Women proves that a timeless story can succeed no matter how many times it's told." stars, calling it "a surprisingly sharp and intelligent telling of Louisa May Alcott's famous story, and not the soft-edged children's movie it might appear." He added, "[It] grew on me.
At first, I was grumpy, thinking it was going to be too sweet and devout.
When Beth's condition worsens, Marmee is summoned home and nurses her to recovery just in time for Christmas. Laurence gives his daughter's piano to Beth, Meg accepts John Brooke's proposal and Mr.
March surprises his family by returning home from the war.Jo later deals with the added disappointment that Aunt March has decided to take the now seventeen-year-old Amy with her to Europe instead of Jo, as Amy now works as aunt's companion and Aunt March wishes for Amy to further her training as an artist in Europe.Crushed, Jo departs for New York City to pursue her dream of writing and experiencing life.Awaiting Marmee's return, Meg and Jo, who both previously survived scarlet fever, send Amy away to live in safety with their Aunt March.Fearing that she too may contract the illness, Amy laments to Laurie that she may die without ever being kissed.The film focuses on the March sisters: beautiful Meg, tempestuous Jo, tender Beth, and romantic Amy, who are growing up in Concord, Massachusetts during and after the American Civil War.With their father away fighting in the war, the girls struggle with major and minor problems under the guidance of their strong-willed mother, affectionately called Marmee.Laurie promises Amy to kiss her before she dies should she become ill.Prior to Beth's illness, Jo had been Aunt March's companion for several years, and while she was unhappy with her position she tolerated it in the hope her aunt one day would take her to Europe.In London, Laurie receives a letter from Jo in which she informs him of Beth's death and mentions Amy is in Vevey, unable to come home. They finally return to the March home as husband and wife, much to Jo's surprise and eventual delight.Aunt March dies and she leaves Jo her house, which she decides to convert into a school.