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Bird Reviews

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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
Sensitively acted, beautifully planned visually and dynamite musically, this is a dramatic telling of the troubled life of a revolutionary artist.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
At last American cinema has done black music proud. Unforgettable.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
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.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 1, 1988
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4