Little Birds Reviews

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July 30, 2019
A Sundance Lab creation, Elgin James' debut, Little Birds is a strong first effort, one borne primarily from an interesting mutation of the professed director's own life experiences.
October 5, 2016
What helps Little Birds retain its innocence is the girls' mixed sense of fear and liberation that comes from their new experience.
June 10, 2016
There have been a bunch of films about teen girls with a wild streak getting in over their heads, and Little Birds isn't all that different, though it does have a bit more of a sense that this is the teen feeling it, not the adult looking back.
December 29, 2012
Quirky tale of female empowerment about coming of age on L.A.'s mean streets.
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.
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.
September 4, 2012
Teen girls seek respite from bleak life in mature drama.
August 31, 2012
The dreamy shots of a poisoned sea in "Little Birds" show an imagination sorely missing from its drab plot and characters.
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.
August 30, 2012
Coming-of-age, semi-autobiographical drama has flashes of adventure and danger, but too much 'So what?'.
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.
August 29, 2012
Temple, in particular, is headed for stardom.
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.
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.
August 28, 2012
Temple can, by this point, play the role in her sleep -- and she kind of does.
August 28, 2012
The dialogue is as stock as the characters, and James's visual palette never surpasses the adequate.
August 28, 2012
Little Birds' scenes of shoplifting shenanigans and pistol-whipping showdowns all too readily conform to indie-film form and style.
August 27, 2012
Little Birds is strong evidence of a real talent...
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.
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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