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  • Summary: 15 year-old Lily and her best friend Alison live on the shores of the Salton Sea among rundown trailers parks, rotting household items, drained pools and decaying streets. What was once an oasis for the wealthy and famous has become a near ghost town, leaving its residents fighting for breath in the deep end. Lily feels eternally claustrophobic and rebellious, living with her manic, single mother, clinging to hope for something more exciting than visits with her young and already washed up Aunt. When they meet a few visiting street kids, the girls' bond is finally tested and Lily convinces Alison to follow the boys back to Los Angeles. Not intimidated by the journey ahead, Lily is hopelessly drawn to one of the boys and the freedoms of their lifestyle. But in the big city, Lily and Alison quickly fall into the boys' world of scams and petty crime. Lily is determined to stay and make it work, while Alison is overwhelmed and eager to return home. When an idea is hatched to use Lily as bait for men with money to steal, things quickly escalate to a life-changing moment. Lily must decide how far she will go to grow up and Alison must decide how far she will go to protect Lily. (Millennium Entertainment) Expand
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  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Aug 29, 2012
    83
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Aug 29, 2012
    60
    The imagery is consistently striking and the themes, if well-worn, do often ring true.
  3. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Sep 14, 2012
    50
    Breathtaking moments give way to boring ones; searing emotions vie with the exceedingly bland.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Aug 28, 2012
    40
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Aug 28, 2012
    40
    The dialogue is as stock as the characters, and James's visual palette never surpasses the adequate.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Aug 13, 2012
    25
    A film of precious, romanticized misery and squalor.

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