Four years pass; Meg (now twenty) and John marry, and Beth's health is deteriorating steadily.
Laurie graduates from college, proposes to Jo (now nineteen) and asks her to go to London with him, but realizing she thinks of him more as an older brother than a lover, she refuses his offer.
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.
Professor Bhaer arrives with the printed galley proofs of her manuscript, but when he mistakenly believes Jo has married Laurie he departs to catch a train to the West, where he is to become a teacher.
Jo runs after him and explains the misunderstanding.When she begs him not to leave, he proposes marriage and she happily accepts.According to the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 91% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 33 reviews, with an average rating of 7.45/10.The screenplay by Robin Swicord is based on Louisa May Alcott's 1868 novel of the same name.It is the fifth feature film adaptation of the Alcott classic, following silent versions released in 19, a 1933 George Cukor-directed release and a 1949 adaptation by Mervyn Le Roy, with the story subsequently adapted in 2019 starring Saoirse Ronan.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.Gradually, I saw that Gillian Armstrong [...] was taking it seriously.And then I began to appreciate the ensemble acting, with the five actresses creating the warmth and familiarity of a real family." Edward Guthmann of the San Francisco Chronicle called the film "meticulously crafted and warmly acted" and observed it "is one of the rare Hollywood studio films that invites your attention, slowly and elegantly, rather than propelling your interest with effects and easy manipulation." Against its budget of million, the film was a success.