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Based on 9 Reviews
critic reviews (9)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 60
    New York Daily News

    The imagery is consistently striking and the themes, if well-worn, do often ring true. show more

  • 38
    New York Post

    None of the actors has the heft to elevate this rote material, though to be fair, the task may be impossible. The dreamy shots of a poisoned sea in Little Birds show an imagination sorely missing from its drab plot and characters. show more

  • 25
    Nick Schager Slant Magazine

    A film of precious, romanticized misery and squalor. show more

  • 40
    Eric Hynes Time Out New York

    The problem is that screen mayhem has a tendency to translate as hip posturing, and Little Birds' scenes of shoplifting shenanigans and pistol-whipping showdowns all too readily conform to indie-film form and style. show more

  • 83
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    An alienated-teen movie that surfs along on the whims and casual cruelties of its central character runs a risk: It can wind up as random and undisciplined as she is. Instead, Little Birds is a touching and distinctive achievement. show more

  • 42
    Gabe Toro The Playlist

    Temple and Panabaker are quite good in their lead roles, to the point where you start to hate the fact that the movie's thesis thrives on the girls being damned if they do, and damned if they don't. show more

  • 50
    Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times

    Breathtaking moments give way to boring ones; searing emotions vie with the exceedingly bland. show more

  • 40
    Michael Atkinson Village Voice

    The dialogue is as stock as the characters, and James's visual palette never surpasses the adequate. show more

  • 30
    A.O. Scott The New York Times

    I don't think Mr. James intended to make a creepy, exploitative movie about teenage runaways - or, for that matter, a moralistic, cautionary tale of girls gone bad. But those are the default categories that Little Birds stumbles toward, perhaps because the filmmaker has not found a cogent way to channel his curiosity or his empathy. show more

  • August 02, 2013 tlcardanini
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    I feel the plot and characters were interesting and had depth. It was an interesting perspective on the very difficult age girls go through as well as the decisions and impulses that get acted upon. My biggest issue with the film was that there could have been a whole lot more family back story and interaction because it seemed the set up for interesting situations was there, but the plot did not follow through.

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