• Unrated, 1 hr.
  • Documentary
  • Directed By:    Jeffrey Kimball
  • In Theaters:    Jan 18, 2013 Limited
  • On DVD:    Mar 25, 2013
  • Music Box Films

Birders: The Central Park Effect Reviews

Simon Abrams
Village Voice
Top Critic
January 23, 2013

A well-measured docu-character study ...

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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January 18, 2013

In Birders, by contrast, nature is one big entrancing show; a world of tweets without "tweets."

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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January 18, 2013

An engrossing tour of this little-known subculture and unlikely habitat in the center of densely populated Manhattan.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ronnie Scheib
Variety
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January 16, 2013

Birders vividly captures the distinctive colors and markings of a vast number of bird species and the equally individualized personalities of those watching them within the confines of Central Park.

Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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January 15, 2013

[A] revelatory little film ...

Matt Singer
Time Out New York
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January 15, 2013

[A] slight but handsome nature documentary.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nancy DeWolf Smith
Wall Street Journal
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January 9, 2013

Bird watchers will find affirmation and even explanation for their avocation. People who can't tell a towhee from a titmouse will still wonder at the beauty of it all.

Robert Lloyd
Los Angeles Times
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January 9, 2013

It is a relatively short but luxurious film about birds and the people who watch them, and the way that nature finds a place in the city, and in its citizens.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Globe and Mail
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January 9, 2013

Kimball, behind the lens, captures extraordinary images of these birds (he lists them, by the way, in the credits). Equally enrapturing are the birders themselves.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Diane Werts
Newsday
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January 9, 2013

Birders makes a wealth of species even more readily available, and close-up.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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January 9, 2013

Visually splendid doc has a narrow scope but will charm bird-lovers.