Little Birds Synopsis
A teen (Juno Temple) and her best friend (Kay Panabaker) steal a vehicle and head to Los Angeles.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
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...
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New York Daily News

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The imagery is consistently striking and the themes, if well-worn, do often ring true.
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50

Los Angeles Times

By Betsy Sharkey
Breathtaking moments give way to boring ones; searing emotions vie with the exceedingly bland.
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42

The Playlist

By Gabe Toro
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...
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40

Time Out New York

By Eric Hynes
The problem is that screen mayhem has a tendency to translate as hip posturing, and Little Birds' scenes of shoplifting shenanigans and...
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40

Village Voice

By Michael Atkinson
The dialogue is as stock as the characters, and James's visual palette never surpasses the adequate.
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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...
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30

The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
I don't think Mr. James intended to make a creepy, exploitative movie about teenage runaways - or, for that matter, a moralistic,...
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25

Slant Magazine

By Nick Schager
A film of precious, romanticized misery and squalor.
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Fantastic

By Turndownthelghts-Roll
This is a really cute film about 2 teenage girls, growing up in a poor area of Cali. Juno was fantastic in this roll and I admire her strength at a young age....

I loved it

By Josephcast
Heartbreaking portrait of two girls and their friendship falling apart. Juno Temple is AMAZING at playing the frustrating Lily, and Kay Panabaker is great as her best friend trying to steer her onto...

great movie!

By ellyfreakinbaby
if you get the chance to watch it, do so! its so engaging. it makes you angry, sad and it just brings out so many different emotions! and Kyle gallner is in it!...

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Rated R | For Pervasive language, some violence including a sexual assault, sexuality/nudity, drug and alcohol use - all involving teens
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Teen girls seek respite from bleak life in mature drama.
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