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Littlerock Reviews

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
January 12, 2012
Ott has explored his theme - how each person's destiny is propelled by the past but left dangling, isolated in a seemingly formless present - with great subtlety.
| Original Score: 3/4
Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
November 11, 2011
A neatly plotted, observational film about being on the outside looking in, and on the inside looking out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Nordine
Film Threat
October 25, 2011
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
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 6, 2011
[Ott's] distilled the town until it floats somewhere between a hangover and a dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
September 10, 2011
Expectations are subverted, assumptions exploded, and the meaningless nature of words is replaced by the importance of conversation
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
September 8, 2011
This evocative, deceptively rich slice of life has its own voice, and it never fails to be enjoyable for several reasons.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 8, 2011
"Littlerock" tells a confident story that knows precisely where it's going.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
September 1, 2011
An ethereal and ephemeral musing on the art and artifice of communication.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
August 13, 2011
A mildly engaging, slight and somewhat breezy slice-of-life drama that's instantly forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.1/10
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Mike Hale
New York Times
August 11, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Fear
Time Out
August 10, 2011
There's a melancholy to this indie's cross-cultural explorations and communication breakdowns that compensates for the broader swipes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
August 9, 2011
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.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
August 7, 2011
Director Mike Ott's second narrative feature cannily plays its intentions close to the vest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 4, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 28, 2011
Ott captures with subtlety, wit, and irony the points of view of both the Japanese visitors and the local yokels, sometimes by something as simple as the choice of whether or not to use subtitles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Adams
Globe and Mail
April 8, 2011
Littlerock wins your involvement by its meandering off-handedness and refusal to play up its strangers-in-a-strange-land conceit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
April 8, 2011
A nicely pitched filmic playlet on how others see us, Littlerock puts Middle America under a microscope and breathes life into the mundane.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jason Anderson
April 6, 2011
Ott's knack for telling observations and beguiling ambiguities make him a director to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
November 11, 2010
Everyday America thrown into stark relief under the stare of visitors
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine
May 25, 2010
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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