Rare Birds Reviews

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 1, 2002
With Rare Birds, as with The Shipping News before it, an attempt is made to transplant a Hollywood star into Newfoundland's wild soil -- and The Rock once again resists the intrusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 4, 2002
The movie keeps coming back to the achingly unfunny Phonce and his several silly subplots.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Charles Martin
Boxoffice Magazine
October 20, 2002
Has all the right elements but completely fails to gel together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
October 2, 2003
Rendered bland and frustrating by its endless attempts to make the odd odder.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 22, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 3, 2003
Whimsical and touching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 23, 2003
Even if you don't know a wren from a grackle, there are pleasures here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
May 30, 2002
Really quite funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Grove
Film Threat
June 11, 2002
Rare Birds has more than enough charm to make it memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
March 1, 2002
A quirky comedy set in Newfoundland that cleverly captures the dry wit that's so prevalent on The Rock.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
March 3, 2002
Rare Birds ain't perfect ... but the wild performance by Jones constantly turns the movie upon its head.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
March 11, 2002
Its almost too-spectacular coastal setting distracts slightly from an eccentric and good-naturedly aimless story.
Full Review | Original Score: 74/100

Boston Phoenix
October 5, 2002
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