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      Little Birds

      R Released Aug 29, 2012 1 hr. 36 min. Drama List
      59% 22 Reviews Tomatometer 42% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score A restless teen (Juno Temple) convinces her best friend (Kay Panabaker) to help her steal a vehicle and head to Los Angeles, where she hopes to find the skateboarder (Kyle Gallner) with whom she experienced her first kiss. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member This is your average indie film. It felt like I've seen it before and I was tired of it after 15 minutes. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Another poor attempt to try and retell a tired old story. The protagonist is unlikable and never once did I feel a bit of pity. The way the movie seems to glorify misey as the romantic part of coming of age is insipid. The teens are so sterotypical it is sad. The idiot, the thug, the sweet kid, the psycho girl and her best friend that doesn't give up on her. Please her friend would have left her about five minutes in for being such a bitch. Finally I love how at the end she forgives her for being horrible to her. No girl in real life would ever do thay. Are we supposed to applaud her foe the abuse she is willing to take. Finally I love how the ending has no consequences just two friends at the beach back to normal. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Little Birds is a coming of age story, with Lily (filled with rebellion and angst), and Alison (the loveable, mousey tag along). The two are growing bored of their hometown, set in the Salton Sea, where they meet some audacious teenagers who invite them into their world. The story seems inadvertently familiar at first, then proves to be refreshingly unique once the adventure begins. There is unexpected suspense, with notable cinematography and music selection that pulls everything together. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member decent coming of age flick. runaway girls of to see sum boys. climaxing in robbery gone wrong and one of the girls saving the day shooting the crazy guy Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member The movie ends exactly where it begins and makes the whole thing a waste of time. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Juno Temple is a great actress and this role was unexpected for her. That's about it. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      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. Rated: 3/5 Sep 13, 2012 Full Review 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. Rated: 1.5/4 Aug 31, 2012 Full Review Ian Buckwalter NPR 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. Rated: 5/10 Aug 30, 2012 Full Review Nicholas Bell IONCINEMA.com 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. Jul 30, 2019 Full Review 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. Oct 5, 2016 Full Review 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. Rated: 3.5/5 Jun 10, 2016 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis A restless teen (Juno Temple) convinces her best friend (Kay Panabaker) to help her steal a vehicle and head to Los Angeles, where she hopes to find the skateboarder (Kyle Gallner) with whom she experienced her first kiss.
      Director
      Elgin James
      Executive Producer
      Max Burger, Monique Burger, Kevin Iwashina, Stefan Nowicki
      Screenwriter
      Elgin James
      Distributor
      Millennium Entertainment
      Production Co
      Polsky Films, Sundial Pictures, Hunting Lane Films
      Rating
      R (Some Violence|Drug and Alcohol Use|A Sexual Assault|All Involving Teens|Pervasive Language|Sexuality/Nudity)
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 29, 2012, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 22, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $16.6K
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