The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 20, 2012
From Disneynature comes this well-intentioned yet hopelessly underwhelming documentary...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Phil Hall
Film Threat
November 15, 2010
The G-rated film (despite its content shortcomings) works well as an educational vehicle for younger viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
October 22, 2010
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 | Original Score: B

Empire Magazine
September 25, 2009
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
September 25, 2009
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Richard Luck
Film4
September 25, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Xan Brooks
Guardian
September 25, 2009
If the narration is sometimes laid on a little thick, there remains something fascinating about these curious, balletic creatures.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Limara Salt
Little White Lies
September 25, 2009
This fascinating film shows the vast flocks of pink flamingos that breed on the isolated shores of Lake Natron in northern Tanzania.
Mark Samuels
Total Film
September 25, 2009
This elegant doc does for flamingos what March Of The Penguins did for their Antarctic counterparts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
September 25, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
September 25, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Martin Hoyle
Financial Times
September 25, 2009
It shows a painterly eye in frame after exquisitely judged frame, not afraid of economy and balance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
September 25, 2009
The filmmakers deserve praise for refusing to sugar-coat the harsh realities of the flamingos' existence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Daily Record [UK]
September 25, 2009
A hugely watchable and thoroughly engrossing documentary, doing for flamingos what March of the Penguins did for, eh, penguins I guess.
| Original Score: 4/5
Mike McCahill
Scotsman
September 25, 2009
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
September 25, 2009
A film of ravishing images and fascinating facts although David Attenborough's BBC work is just as impressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
June 28, 2009
A solid example of that most endangered of species -- a well-made family film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Jordan Mintzer
Variety
February 23, 2012
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