It's always great that movies like this can be made for so little money, but when the results are so dull and derivative, the only real question is "Why bother?"
| Original Score: 5/10
Writer-director Mike Ott constructs a cutesy, willfully modest and submissive cultural mash-up, and proclaims it profound, or art, merely by virtue of its construction.
| Original Score: D+
Mike Ott's rambling, mildly engaging micro-budgeted indie.
| Original Score: 2/4
Agreeable if finally unsatisfying.
Mumblecore to the core, Littlerock takes an eternity to get started, but eventually gains in (very) low-key interest.
A restrained but visually arresting film about the various ways in which we reach out to one another, often to no avail.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A neatly plotted, observational film about being on the outside looking in, and on the inside looking out.
| Original Score: 3/4
"Littlerock" tells a confident story that knows precisely where it's going.
This evocative, deceptively rich slice of life has its own voice, and it never fails to be enjoyable for several reasons.
It's significantly smaller and more casual than "Mystery Train" or "Lost in Translation," movies its premise calls to mind, but in some ways it's more layered and complex.
| Original Score: 3/5
A mildly engaging, slight and somewhat breezy slice-of-life drama that's instantly forgettable.
| Original Score: 6.1/10
An ethereal and ephemeral musing on the art and artifice of communication.
| Original Score: 4/5
Atsuko the character doesn't speak English; Atsuko the actress, speaking mostly un-subtitled Japanese when she speaks at all, gives a performance that's a marvel of nonverbal reaction.
Director Mike Ott's second narrative feature cannily plays its intentions close to the vest.
A character-driven cross-cultural drama about the adolescent quest for new experiences and the realization of the mysteries that lie behind relationships and reality.
[Ott's] distilled the town until it floats somewhere between a hangover and a dream.
The message is nearly as slight as the presentation and just as hard to pin down, but even when tackling something as sharp edged and soft bellied as exclusion Littlerock is not without its pleasures.
Littlerock wins your involvement by its meandering off-handedness and refusal to play up its strangers-in-a-strange-land conceit.
Expectations are subverted, assumptions exploded, and the meaningless nature of words is replaced by the importance of conversation
Everyday America thrown into stark relief under the stare of visitors