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The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos (2008)

The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 17
Fresh: 14
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Counted: 1
Fresh: 1
Rotten: 0

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 335

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Movie Info

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.

Rating:
G
Genre:
Documentary
Directed By:
,
Written By:
Melanie Finn
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Oct 19, 2010
Runtime:
Disneynature - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (3) | DVD (4)

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.

Full Review… | September 25, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

From Disneynature comes this well-intentioned yet hopelessly underwhelming documentary...

Full Review… | May 20, 2012
Reel Film Reviews

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

Full Review… | November 15, 2010
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.

Full Review… | October 22, 2010
BrianOrndorf.com

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.

Full Review… | September 25, 2009
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.

Full Review… | September 25, 2009
Film4

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

Full Review… | September 25, 2009
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.

Full Review… | September 25, 2009
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.

Full Review… | September 25, 2009
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.

Full Review… | September 25, 2009
Daily Mirror [UK]

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

Full Review… | September 25, 2009
Financial Times

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

Full Review… | September 25, 2009
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.

Full Review… | September 25, 2009
Scotsman

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

Full Review… | September 25, 2009
Daily Express

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

Full Review… | June 28, 2009
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.

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