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A sleepy Los Angeles exurb and its shiftless young residents are seen through the eyes of two Japanese tourists in this intimate evocation of a small town in Southern California where everyone's talking but no one really understands. -- (C) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
""Littlerock" tells a confident story that knows precisely where it's going."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A neatly plotted, observational film about being on the outside looking in, and on the inside looking out."
‑ Burl Burlingame, Honolulu Star-Advertiser
"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."
‑ Brent Simon,
"Mumblecore to the core, Littlerock takes an eternity to get started, but eventually gains in (very) low-key interest."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"[Ott's] distilled the town until it floats somewhere between a hangover and a dream."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"An ethereal and ephemeral musing on the art and artifice of communication."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"A restrained but visually arresting film about the various ways in which we reach out to one another, often to no avail."
‑ Michael Nordine, Film Threat
"A mildly engaging, slight and somewhat breezy slice-of-life drama that's instantly forgettable."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Director Mike Ott's second narrative feature cannily plays its intentions close to the vest."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
"This evocative, deceptively rich slice of life has its own voice, and it never fails to be enjoyable for several reasons."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"Mike Ott's rambling, mildly engaging micro-budgeted indie."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Expectations are subverted, assumptions exploded, and the meaningless nature of words is replaced by the importance of conversation"
‑ Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
"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?""
‑ Edward Douglas,
"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."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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