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  • Summary: When stage fright gets the best of her, a former actress stops leaving her apartment, crippled by fear of the outside world. Living off delivery food and residuals from her acting career, she spends her days watching bad TV and spying on the city from her window. But when her toiletWhen stage fright gets the best of her, a former actress stops leaving her apartment, crippled by fear of the outside world. Living off delivery food and residuals from her acting career, she spends her days watching bad TV and spying on the city from her window. But when her toilet overflows and a kind, compassionate plumber shows up, she reluctantly allows him into her refuge. [Tribeca Film] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Aug 22, 2013
    75
    Given that the opening shot shows the heroine on the toilet, what a nice surprise to find that this is a pure love story, told with elegance and simplicity on a low budget.
  2. Reviewed by: Jake Mulligan
    Aug 14, 2013
    75
    Writer-director Noah Buschel interestingly mirrors the monotony of his main character's routine in his claustrophobic aesthetic.
  3. Reviewed by: Jesse Hassenger
    Aug 21, 2013
    75
    There are times when the slight, small Sparrows Dance pushes too hard, both visually and narratively: a blinking red light outside Ireland’s window provides overly fussy on-off lighting during two long scenes, and the movie’s flairs of serious conflict are less deft than its offhand moments of connection. There are enough of said moments, though, to sustain its sweetly hesitant romance.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Aug 22, 2013
    70
    Mr. Buschel, armed with an ear for diverting dialogue and actors who know how to sell it, somehow makes it all work.
  5. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Aug 22, 2013
    60
    The film thrives thanks to its superb lead performances, with Sparks exuding an endearingly off-kilter earnestness that nicely contrasts with Ireland’s internalized phobic fears and self-doubt.

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