An unassuming, clear-headed documentary about the hope that heaven and Earth may have actually produced a miracle, at least this time around, and allowed a species back from extinction.
| Original Score: 3/4
Offers a rueful consideration of the circumstances that drive species into extinction.
| Original Score: 3/5
The movie is impressive for its sophisticated take on blind hope.
Ghost Bird feels a bit flat and by-the-numbers, and at almost 90 minutes, padded.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Crocker has turned a bird-watching tale into a multilayered story that will fascinate practically everybody.
| Original Score: 4/5
A story about wish fulfillment and judgment being clouded by hope.
Well-balanced, provocative, illuminating and suspenseful.
| Original Score: 7.85/10
Backed by an eclectic soundtrack, Crocker's 2009 doc traces the hubbub around the decades-departed ivory-billed woodpecker, purportedly rediscovered near Brinkley, Arkansas.
Thanks to Scott Crocker's crisply edited balance of scientific backbiting, naturalist noodling and a macro-philosophizing of what this possible rediscovery might mean, what could have been a niche-specific doc becomes something oddly compelling...
An enthusiast's documentary nearly as rare as its very possibly extinct subject.