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The Birds Reviews

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Matt Glasby
Total Film

Though it lacks the psychological depth of Hitchcock's greatest works, it's characterised by a nightmarish simplicity.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

October 6, 2013
Alan Jones
Radio Times

This Hitchcock classic somehow strayed from favour for a while, yet in the realm of popular mythology it is now rivalled only by Vertigo or Psycho.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

October 6, 2013
Andrew Sarris
Village Voice
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Drawing from the relatively invisible literary talents of Daphne DuMaurier and Evan Hunter, Alfred Hitchcock has fashioned a major work of cinematic art, and "cinematic" is the operative term here, not "literary" or "sociological."

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 18, 2013
Richard Brody
New Yorker
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Few films depict so eerily yet so meticulously the metaphysical and historical sense of a world out of joint.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

October 9, 2012
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Hitch's much misappreciated follow-up to Psycho is arguably the greatest of all disaster films -- a triumph of special effects, as well as the fountainhead of what has become known as gross-out horror.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 9, 2012
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

The Birds represents better than any other Hitchcock film the extreme polarities of his universe: vicious unpredictability and moral and emotional disorder on the one hand, and rigorous stylistic control and formal organization, on the other.

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

December 16, 2011
Joyce Slaton
Common Sense Media

Classic Hitchcock horror film still gives the chills.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

January 2, 2011
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

The only thing dated is the special effects. The suspense holds up very well.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 17, 2010
Cole Smithey

Although not as horrifically shocking as "Psycho," "The Birds" is a more sophisticated film, and represents a high watermark in the prolific career of a true maestro of cinema.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A+

June 17, 2009
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Perhaps only a director of Hitchcock's caliber can make such a fowl story fly.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B+

November 7, 2007
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Feels like it was made by a brilliant filmmaker who simply felt challenged by the enormity of the task. In that regard, it's close to 100 percent successful.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4/5

September 26, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Hailed as one of Hitchcock's masterpieces by some and despised by others, The Birds is certainly among the director's more complex and fascinating works.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/4

September 21, 2007


Maybe not quite the pinnacle of Hitchcock's career but definitely in the top five.

Full Review Source: Film4

September 21, 2007
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Genuinely disturbing thriller classic from the master of suspense.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

September 21, 2007
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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Alfred Hitchcock's most abstract film (1963), and perhaps his subtlest, still yielding new meanings and inflections after a dozen or more viewings.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 21, 2007
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Inventive classic.

Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television

August 22, 2006
Tom Milne
Time Out
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It's fierce and Freudian as well as great cinematic fun, with ample fodder for the amateur psychologist following up on Hitch's tortuous involvement with his leading ladies.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

This masterpiece is one of Hitchcock's purest forays into cinema; it's such a complete piece that it even gets by with two mediocre actors.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

February 11, 2006
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

Mediocre as melodrama, but the signature avian attacks are without equal.

| Original Score: 3/5

December 9, 2005
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

What sets The Birds apart from the other films in Hitchcock's incredible ten-year run between 1954 and 1964 is its remarkable chilliness.

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

November 1, 2005
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