Goldberger and Giamatti strain too hard for strangeness.
| Original Score: 2/4
These strengths seldom mesh persuasively.
Imagine an entire film infected with hangdog sensibility, unrelieved by humor or narrative interest, and you have The Hawk Is Dying.
| Original Score: 2/5
For performing half this film with a predatory bird perched and flapping angrily on his arm, Paul Giamatti deserves some sort of award.
| Original Score: 2/6
Not an easy movie to watch, and it's far from perfect -- but it does have an artsy integrity and a fascinatingly intense performance by Paul Giamatti.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Goldberger's stubbornly insular script might have fared better on stage, where the story would feel more contained than suffocating.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
There's enough worthwhile labor expended, especially by the powerful cast, to make Hawk Is Dying difficult to dismiss, even when it's hard to take.
I'd rather watch Goldberger fail than a hundred others succeed.
Loaded with obtuse symbolism, the film is not only hard to understand, it isn't much fun trying to figure it out.
Performers capable of exquisite work elsewhere are undirected here.