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The Legend of Pale Male Reviews

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

I'm a little skeptical about the film's second half, in which Lilien's shortcomings as a narrative filmmaker become apparent.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

November 21, 2010
Nick Schager
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 23, 2010
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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Amateurish storytelling threatens urban-naturalist doc, but doesn't quite kill it.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

November 22, 2010
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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A sugary, aggressively anthropomorphized story of one avian interloper and a whole bunch of human obsessives.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 24, 2010
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix

This one's strictly for the birdwatchers.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 25, 2010
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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 Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 5/5

November 18, 2010
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...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 Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B

December 20, 2010
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews 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 Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

December 24, 2010
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 22, 2010
Ronnie Scheib
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Docu offers family-friendly holiday fare.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 22, 2010
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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An entertaining documentary that is more heartfelt than polished.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

December 9, 2010
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International

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

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

December 1, 2010
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