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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. Read full review
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. Read full review
Writer-director Noah Buschel interestingly mirrors the monotony of his main character's routine in his claustrophobic aesthetic. Read full review
Mr. Buschel, armed with an ear for diverting dialogue and actors who know how to sell it, somehow makes it all work. Read full review
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. Read full review
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