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A Birder's Guide To Everything (2014)

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Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 9
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David Portnoy (Kodi Smit-McPhee), a 15-year-old birding fanatic, thinks that he's made the discovery of a lifetime. So, on the eve of his father's remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best friends to solidify their place in birding history. (c) Official Site

PG-13,

Comedy

Luke Matheny, Rob Meyer

May 27, 2014

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It actually gets the birds right. It's the humans who are hard to identify.

April 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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The trek through the serene, beautiful woods highlights the banter between the quartet as truths are unveiled and friendships strengthened. The young actors shine revealing lights on their characters.

March 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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David and his friends are well-drawn portraits of innocents at an excruciatingly awkward age.

March 20, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
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What's there hits the mark, so much so that I'll confess this one left me misty-eyed.

March 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Though it's hardly an odd duck, "A Birder's Guide to Everything" has its own sweet call.

March 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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It's ultimately yet another movie about fathers and sons who need to learn how to hug. That's a theme which could stand to go extinct for a few years.

March 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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You don't have to be a birder to enjoy it. The movie shows that seeking the rare and elusive is often more than just a physical quest; it also is a spiritual journey that changes the seeker.

May 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Instead of pandering to one and only one sentiment, this engaging offering -- poised pleasantly between quaint and quirky -- does entirely right by adolescent feeling.

March 30, 2014 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

The lead teens in particular give the material a realness that may not have been there on the page, and the filmmakers know enough not push the quaint story beyond the safe parameters it operates in.

March 28, 2014 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

This familiar-feeling coming-of-age tale benefits from an authentic script and believable performances.

March 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

That tidy resolution is telegraphed from the outset, but the energetic, never-mocking tone of all involved allows the film to stake its place alongside some of the genre's stronger and more enduring touchstones.

March 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

That very rare thing, a movie about teenagers where the characters actually seem like real teenagers, as opposed to mini posing adults.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
RogerEbert.com

The people who made this film brought the same loving attention to the characters that the characters do to the small feathered creatures they care for so deeply.

March 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Beliefnet
Beliefnet

A sweet, gentle, and humorous movie with winning performances across the board. It leaves you with a warm feeling inside.

March 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

Nicely acted and emotionally genuine, the picture doesn't necessarily demand attention, but it earns appreciation through its delicate, nicely observed handling of sensitive issues.

March 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
Blu-ray.com

A delightful coming-of-age tale...sweet and funny, with plenty of heart and intelligence.

March 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
Hollywood & Fine

A Birder's Guide to Everything should be standard issue for anyone looking to relearn the importance of a flock.

March 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

[The film] treads in some traditional teen-movie territory[...] But it also subtly conveys the stillness and sense of purpose that comes from scanning the skies [...]

March 18, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
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