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The Birds Reviews

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Variety Staff
September 21, 2007
Beneath all of this elaborate feather bedlam lies a Hitch cock-and-bull story that's essentially a fowl ball.
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TIME Magazine
October 7, 2008
The movie flaps to a plotless end.
Alastair Sooke
Daily Telegraph
September 29, 2015
The true genius of the film, based on a 1952 short story by Daphne du Maurier, is the way Hitchcock makes the malevolent birds seem like manifestations of his characters' mental unease.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Moira Walsh
America Magazine
July 29, 2015
The picture pursues these false clues with excessive long-windedness and occasional fatuity. It is a tribute to Hitchcock's mastery of his craft that, even so, he makes overpoweringly real the menace of the birds.
Joyce Slaton
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Classic Hitchcock horror film still gives the chills.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 5, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
August 17, 2010
The only thing dated is the special effects. The suspense holds up very well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Alan Jones
Radio Times
October 6, 2013
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
December 16, 2011
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.
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Hitchcock creature-feature gets off the ground but never soars.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
December 9, 2005
Mediocre as melodrama, but the signature avian attacks are without equal.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
October 9, 2012
Few films depict so eerily yet so meticulously the metaphysical and historical sense of a world out of joint.
Cole Smithey
June 17, 2009
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 | Original Score: A+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 11, 2006
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Milne
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
Christopher Null
November 16, 2004
The Birds is most notable though for turning something completely harmless into an incredible menace -- all with absolutely no explanation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Matt Glasby
Total Film
October 6, 2013
Though it lacks the psychological depth of Hitchcock's greatest works, it's characterised by a nightmarish simplicity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 1, 2000
What starts out as a kind of low-key screwball comedy ends up as an effective, fright-filled horror flick.
| Original Score: 8/10
Jeremiah Kipp
January 27, 2002
Only Alfred Hitchcock could take a premise which is so patently ridiculous -- the birds come to life and try to kill everybody -- and construct a beautifully realized thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Susan Granger
December 21, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
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