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The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos

The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos (2008)


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This film takes viewers to the isolated shores of Lake Natron in northern Tanzania for a birds-eye view of the mysterious lives of flamingos.




Melanie Finn

Oct 19, 2010

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This one's a corker: the cinematography is exquisite; it's admirably devoid of any overt anthropomorphism; the narration, while a little too mythical in context, is informative.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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From Disneynature comes this well-intentioned yet hopelessly underwhelming documentary...

May 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The G-rated film (despite its content shortcomings) works well as an educational vehicle for younger viewers.

November 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The documentary rarely flinches, showing exactly how outside forces slip in and feast on the weaker flamingos. It's ghastly, but hey, that's nature.

October 22, 2010 Full Review Source:

The script is more mystical than factual - the subtitle is Mystery Of The Flamingos - which can be cloying to those of us raised on Attenborough. But this is still a breathtakingly beautiful reflection on the fragile nature of life.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The Crimson Wing is a Disney nature film. Be aware of this and all that goes with it and you might yet discover the ennobling documentary hidden beneath the wretched excess.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

If the narration is sometimes laid on a little thick, there remains something fascinating about these curious, balletic creatures.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian

This fascinating film shows the vast flocks of pink flamingos that breed on the isolated shores of Lake Natron in northern Tanzania.

September 25, 2009
Little White Lies

This elegant doc does for flamingos what March Of The Penguins did for their Antarctic counterparts.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Much of it seems suitable only for adults or sophisticated children who have been taught about survival of the fittest, but the narration becomes childishly anthropomorphic.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

While it's great to look at, the over-cooked narration (the birds don't die, their life force returns to the lake) plus a TV-doc vibe makes it somewhat less watchable than that famous penguin movie.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

It shows a painterly eye in frame after exquisitely judged frame, not afraid of economy and balance.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

The filmmakers deserve praise for refusing to sugar-coat the harsh realities of the flamingos' existence.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

A hugely watchable and thoroughly engrossing documentary, doing for flamingos what March of the Penguins did for, eh, penguins I guess.

September 25, 2009
Daily Record [UK]

It's respectful of nature, not sentimental. Nor is it overly analytical. The narration - read by Mariella Frostrup - is informative, but the film has been constructed in a more poetic, mythical way.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Scotsman

A film of ravishing images and fascinating facts although David Attenborough's BBC work is just as impressive.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

A solid example of that most endangered of species -- a well-made family film.

June 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Audience Reviews for The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos

It was interesting, but like some other Disney nature films, I thought it was under-narrated. Also it's super sad! I know these things happen in nature, but it's like torture watching a little baby chick struggling to survive for 10 minutes straight.
October 14, 2012

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  • Das Geheimnis der Flamingos (DE)
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