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The Legend of Pale Male Reviews

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
November 21, 2010
I'm a little skeptical about the film's second half, in which Lilien's shortcomings as a narrative filmmaker become apparent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
November 23, 2010
Lilien proves wholly uninterested in investigating his human subjects' habit of vigorously anthropomorphizing, and projecting their personal hopes, dreams, fears, and Daddy issues onto the striking hawk.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
November 22, 2010
Amateurish storytelling threatens urban-naturalist doc, but doesn't quite kill it.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
November 24, 2010
A sugary, aggressively anthropomorphized story of one avian interloper and a whole bunch of human obsessives.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
December 25, 2010
This one's strictly for the birdwatchers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
December 20, 2010
...first time filmmaker Frederic Lilien would have us believe everything Red-tailed hawk Pale Male does is a personal message, but the real story gets told in spite of him and it's a wonder - beautiful, primitive, funny, tragic and ultimately hopeful.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
December 24, 2010
...an uplifting documentary film, unique in its subject matter and locale, which grabs your attention and keeps it for the whole film. The photography is superior in its clarity and fluidity and is worth the price of admission alone.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 18, 2010
A crowd-pleasing documentary about the adventures of a wild Red-tailed hawk in New York City where he enchanted hardcore urban-dwellers and stole their hearts.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 22, 2010
It's notable for some astounding urban wildlife footage and for the way it unintentionally reflects the giddy narcissism of the primate known as homo sapiens.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
November 22, 2010
Docu offers family-friendly holiday fare.
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
December 9, 2010
An entertaining documentary that is more heartfelt than polished.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
December 1, 2010
Belgian filmmaker Frederic Lilien's documentary about a red-tailed hawk that set up housekeeping on tony Fifth Avenue is equal parts nature documentary and group portrait of jaded urbanites enthralled by a glimpse of the wild
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