Bird

Bird

78%
  • R, 2 hr. 20 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Clint Eastwood
    In Theaters:
    Oct 1, 1988 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 30, 2001
  • Warner Home Video
  • Bird
    2 minutes 47 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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Bird Reviews

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Variety Staff
Variety
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Sensitively acted, beautifully planned visually and dynamite musically, this is a dramatic telling of the troubled life of a revolutionary artist.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

The greatest strength of Clint Eastwood's bio-pic tribute to jazz saxophone great Charlie 'Bird' Parker, is its dark and haunting mood.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

June 5, 2008

Time Out
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At last American cinema has done black music proud. Unforgettable.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Brad Laidman
Film Threat

Eastwood shows a Parker that is haunted by his boyhood addiction, and shows off the innumerable people who loved his talent who were let down by him time and again.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 6, 2005
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Eastwood made the switch from Hollywood icon to great world director with his viciously underrated Bird.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

January 15, 2005
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Overlong, and reeking of prestige.

| Original Score: 2/5

March 18, 2004
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com

Eastwood clearly is committed to presenting Bird to his audience with all of his complexities and contradictions intact.

Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com | Original Score: 71/100

January 3, 2004

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Whitaker gives a towering performance as the tortured musical genius, and Venora is equally impressive as the independent, compassionate Chan.

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

July 30, 2003
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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Bird is less moving as a character study than it is as a tribute and as a labor of love. The portrait it offers, though hazy at times, is one Charlie Parker's admirers will recognize.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 20, 2003
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

"a well-produced downer that moves like a funeral procession"

| Original Score: 2/5

July 29, 2002
Scott Renshaw
Apollo Guide

Reduced to the bare bones of people and plot, the film winds up dancing around the edges of questions it doesn't answer -- straight-ahead rhythm coupled with straight-ahead melody, and not quite enough depth to either one.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 65/100

April 11, 2001
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Whitaker sweats, vomits, blows and wails as the Bird (so named for hanging around jazz clubs like a yardbird), laying in some minor-key grace to Parker's self-destruction along the way. But he never lets you into his darkest fears.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
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Even though, thematically, the movie won't come clear, Eastwood has succeeded so thoroughly in communicating his love of his subject, and there's such vitality in the performances, that we walk out elated, juiced on the actors and the music.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Whitaker occupies this world as a large, friendly, sometimes taciturn man who tries to harm nobody and who cannot understand why the world would not let him play his music. Neither can we.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

February 18, 2005
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 3/5

November 13, 2003
Bob Grimm
Las Vegas Mercury

| Original Score: 3/5

July 26, 2002
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 3/4

October 1, 1988
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