Little Birds
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Fifteen-year-old Lily and her best friend, Alison, live on the shores of the Salton Sea. Sprinting toward adulthood, Lily wants to escape her depressing hometown. But Alison is content with her life; she enjoys being sheltered from the uncertainty of growing up. When the girls meet three street kids, Lily convinces Alison to follow the boys to Los Angeles. Thrust into a world of excitement and danger, the girls must decide how far they are willing to go to get what they want. -- (C) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Quirky tale of female empowerment about coming of age on L.A.'s mean streets."
‑ Kam Williams, Sly Fox
"Coming-of-age, semi-autobiographical drama has flashes of adventure and danger, but too much 'So what?'."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Juno Temple is particularly appealing as a 15 year old who's fragile, but bored enough to do almost anything bad."
‑ David D'Arcy, Screen International
"The dreamy shots of a poisoned sea in "Little Birds" show an imagination sorely missing from its drab plot and characters."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"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."
‑ , New York Daily News
"Fragile tale of how a lifelong friendship forged between two innocent girls is tested when they venture into a volatile, violent world."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
"Temple, in particular, is headed for stardom."
‑ Michael Dunaway, Paste Magazine
"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."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, NPR
"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."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Teen girls seek respite from bleak life in mature drama."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"Juno Temple's Lily is a damaged creature trying to fly in Little Birds, a film of precious, romanticized misery and squalor."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
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