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Little Birds Reviews

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Kam Williams
Sly Fox
December 29, 2012
Quirky tale of female empowerment about coming of age on L.A.'s mean streets.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
September 13, 2012
Though the plotting is problematic and at times as lost as the kids, there are bursts of brilliance and moments of aching vulnerability in "Little Birds" that make you wonder what the filmmaker might do next.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
September 8, 2012
Fragile tale of how a lifelong friendship forged between two innocent girls is tested when they venture into a volatile, violent world.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
September 4, 2012
Teen girls seek respite from bleak life in mature drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
August 31, 2012
The dreamy shots of a poisoned sea in "Little Birds" show an imagination sorely missing from its drab plot and characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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August 30, 2012
Despair may be an emotion of emptiness, of the absence of hope, but that doesn't mean a movie about someone spiraling down into that emotion has to feel so empty as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
August 30, 2012
Coming-of-age, semi-autobiographical drama has flashes of adventure and danger, but too much 'So what?'.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 29, 2012
There's a moralistic structure there, but it leaves Lily in a place that's scarcely more reassuring than the one she first abandoned. That's what makes Little Birds not just a lesson but, in its rambling way, an organic journey.
Michael Dunaway
Paste Magazine
August 29, 2012
Temple, in particular, is headed for stardom.
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New York Daily News
August 29, 2012
Like its teenage heroine, "Little Birds" is stubbornly convinced of its own unique profundity. So it's a good thing this moodily self-absorbed drama redeems itself with just enough endearing innocence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 29, 2012
It is hard not to be reminded of other movies - like Larry Clark's "Kids," Nick Cassavetes's "Alpha Dog," Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank" - that explore similar territory with greater risk and originality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Alonso Duralde
August 28, 2012
Temple can, by this point, play the role in her sleep -- and she kind of does.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
August 28, 2012
The dialogue is as stock as the characters, and James's visual palette never surpasses the adequate.
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
August 28, 2012
Little Birds' scenes of shoplifting shenanigans and pistol-whipping showdowns all too readily conform to indie-film form and style.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
August 27, 2012
Little Birds is strong evidence of a real talent...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
August 12, 2012
Juno Temple's Lily is a damaged creature trying to fly in Little Birds, a film of precious, romanticized misery and squalor.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
David D'Arcy
Screen International
February 10, 2011
Juno Temple is particularly appealing as a 15 year old who's fragile, but bored enough to do almost anything bad.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
February 8, 2011
Debut by writer/director Elgin James offers a sensitive but not fragile look at young friends in a crisis.
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Peter Debruge
January 26, 2011
Little Birds is such a typical Sundance movie you almost don't need to see it to know where it's headed. To skip, however, would be to miss the arrival of promising new helmer Elgin James and gifted up-and-comer Juno Temple.
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