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  • Summary: A sleepy-eyed exurb of Los Angeles is seen through the eyes of two young Japanese tourists, stranded there with a broken rental car. One wants to leave as soon as possible, but the other finds the town and its citizens to be not only fascinating, but perhaps a better example of what AmericaA sleepy-eyed exurb of Los Angeles is seen through the eyes of two young Japanese tourists, stranded there with a broken rental car. One wants to leave as soon as possible, but the other finds the town and its citizens to be not only fascinating, but perhaps a better example of what America really is than the large cities they've been traveling between. The excitement of the new permeates every frame of this intimate evocation of a small town in Southern California where everyone's talking, but no one really understands. (Variance Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
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  1. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Sep 1, 2011
    80
    McLaughlin, who has a good eye for the minimal, manages to bring out the haunting beauty of empty places littered with the discards of forgotten lives.
  2. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Sep 8, 2011
    75
    Littlerock could easily be described as the flip side of "Lost in Translation": Instead of Americans struggling to communicate in Japan, it's the Japanese who are out of the loop when they get stranded in the outer, outer fringes of the Los Angeles area.
  3. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Oct 6, 2011
    75
    They're not looking to say anything grand. What they do say - and what we see - is smart and true.
  4. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    Aug 9, 2011
    70
    Atsuko the character doesn't speak English; Atsuko the actress, speaking mostly un-subtitled Japanese when she speaks at all, gives a performance that's a marvel of nonverbal reaction.
  5. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Sep 8, 2011
    70
    This is affecting and thematically pointed but much more pat than the situation that precedes it, in which two different realities must coexist uneasily on the same screen.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Aug 11, 2011
    70
    It's significantly smaller and more casual than "Mystery Train" or "Lost in Translation," movies its premise calls to mind, but in some ways it's more layered and complex.
  7. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Aug 8, 2011
    50
    Well-crafted picture has a nice sense of place and rudderless youth, though in the end, simply too little happens for the story to have much resonance.

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  1. Aug 14, 2011
    7
    I happened to like this film very much. It is somewhat in line with recent New American Realism -- films like "The Exploding Girl," "InI happened to like this film very much. It is somewhat in line with recent New American Realism -- films like "The Exploding Girl," "In Between Days" and "Wendy and Lucy" -- but then, apart from focusing on character over action, those films don't have much in common. "Littlerock" is primarily about encountering the everyday world from a very different perspective, a global one. Here is my review: http://tinyurl.com/4yf4c54 Expand

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