• R, 2 hr.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:    Alan Parker
  • In Theaters:    Dec 21, 1984 Wide
  • On DVD:    Feb 15, 2000
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Birdy
    2 minutes 30 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

Birdy Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
April 22, 2011

Though largely confined to a military hospital, this post-Vietnam drama is powerfully acted by Matthew Modine and Nicolas Cage.

Full Review | Original Score: B

September 16, 2008

Raising issues about the nature of madness and what constitutes true freedom, this is a curiously arty film from Parker, a frequently unsubtle director, usually so dismissive of any kind of pretension, but a gripping one, nonetheless.

Variety Staff
Top Critic
September 16, 2008

Belying the lightheartedness of its title, Birdy is a heavy adult drama about best friends and the after-effects of war, but it takes too long to live up to its ambitious premise.

Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 6, 2006

A haunting and unpredictable film that more people need to discover.

| Original Score: 5/5
Rob Gonsalves
August 26, 2006

Movies don't get more emo. But don't hold that against it.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Time Out
Top Critic
February 9, 2006

A trifle self-indulgent -- well, it is directed by Alan Parker -- but never boring

Gregory Weinkauf
July 15, 2005

There's something truly beautiful about this friendship story, the adaptation is wonderful, the music brilliant, and the ending sublime.

| Original Score: 4/5
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
October 23, 2004

A very strange and beautiful movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 14, 2003

Striking Alan Parker film too often overlooked.

| Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 30, 2003

One of those rare movies that successfully brings a psychological novel to the screen without sacrificing its saliency or complexity.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 23, 2003

An audacious movie about friendship and survival in a world of varied violations to the human spirit.

Janet Maslin
New York Times
Top Critic
May 20, 2003

Most of Birdy is enchanting.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
March 26, 2003

A haunting film with fine performances and a great Peter Gabriel score.

| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
July 27, 2002

Quiet, thoughtful, and really quite touching. Cage and Modine do some great work together. And that Peter Gabriel score!

| Original Score: 4/5
Chuck O'Leary
May 7, 2007

| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
August 9, 2006

| Original Score: 4/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 1, 2005

| Original Score: 2/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
May 3, 2005

| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 18, 2005

| Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 8, 2004

| Original Score: 2/5
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