Little Birds
Little Birds (2012)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 31, 2012
DVD Release Date: December 31, 2012
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Olivia Saperstein
Bust Magazine

What helps Little Birds retain its innocence is the girls' mixed sense of fear and liberation that comes from their new experience.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

The dreamy shots of a poisoned sea in "Little Birds" show an imagination sorely missing from its drab plot and characters.

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New York Daily News

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.

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Giovanni Fazio
Japan Times

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.

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Ian Buckwalter

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.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

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.

Kam Williams
Sly Fox

Quirky tale of female empowerment about coming of age on L.A.'s mean streets.

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
"<b>Little Birds</b> is a film about a teen named Lily that is desperate to escape her small town and the baggage it brings with it. She is… More
Christopher Haskell
A fresh and harsh-reality look at a coming of age story, involving two young girls, Elgin James' "Little Birds" brings Juno Temple and Kay… More
Manu Gino
How far would you go? Decent good movie! Little Birds is a solid and stable genre-exercise but nothing more. It undermines its true potential, and too often… More
Walter M.
As far as cautionary tales go, "Little Birds" is a dull, dreary, illogical, drawn out and predictable one with Juno Temple playing Lily, at this rate… More