Metascore
41

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Aug 28, 2012
    30
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Aug 13, 2012
    25
    A film of precious, romanticized misery and squalor.
  3. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Aug 30, 2012
    38
    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.

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