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Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)

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Hal Bartlett co-wrote and directed this film curiosity, based on Richard Bach's best-selling fable, featuring an overbearing music score by Neil Diamond. The story begins as a flock of seagulls are pecking at the garbage left by a boat that has dumped a bunch of fish heads in the surf. One of the seagulls, Jonathan (voice of James Franciscus), would rather leave his life of garbage-picking and fly high in the sky to see other parts of the earth. Jonathan leaves the flock and flies around the

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Oct 2, 2007

Paramount Pictures

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Now there's nothing wrong with uplift, except that exhortations customarily are banal. That is, the end is nearly destroyed by the means.

December 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Richard Bach's best-selling parable for freshmen becomes on screen a very spelled-out allegory, complete with flat voice-overs and pretentious Neil Diamond soundtrack.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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This has got to be the biggest pseudocultural, would-be metaphysical ripoff of the year.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Visually uneven, this film captures only partially the spirit of the best seller upon which it is based.

February 22, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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The cinematic equivalent of that girl you might have met circa 1973 who insisted that the dog that just evacuated his bowels on your sidewalk was 'expressing his creativity.'

January 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Bartlett's background as a documentary film-maker is an advantage for a film that doesn't require any actors but a liability when it comes to adapting Bach's fiction

January 20, 2008 Full Review
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Truly one of the most boring pictures ever done but with enough attractive photography to merit your brief attention.

December 11, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Pulllease fly away, and take your book with you!

June 8, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

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Hall Bartlett's attempt to bring this beloved novel to the big screen misses the mark. I fully expect Pixar to take a stab at this someday, hopefully with much better results.
May 20, 2009
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