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Winged Migration (Le Peuple Migrateur) (2003)

Winged Migration (Le Peuple Migrateur)


Average Rating: 8.2/10
Reviews Counted: 131
Fresh: 126
Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: A marvel to watch.

Average Rating: 8.4/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 38
Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: A marvel to watch.


Average Rating: 4/5
User Ratings: 6,134


Movie Info

A series of journeys around the world with migratory birds. As the seasons and the climates change, we follow different birds through an assortment of beautiful countries and locales.

Documentary , Drama , Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By:
Stéphane Durand , Jacques Perrin
In Theaters:
Nov 18, 2003
Box Office:
Sony Classic Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Winged Migration (Le Peuple Migrateur)

All Critics (142) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (126) | Rotten (5) | DVD (13)

After seeing these natural wonders, the elaborate special effects of such films as The Hulk and The Matrix Reloaded will seem like cheap parlor tricks.

July 11, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

The photography is radiant.

July 11, 2003
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Flight as sheer freedom couldn't be better demonstrated.

June 27, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

A film that will leave you dreaming about what it would be like to step off the edge of the world and discover you could fly.

June 27, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

A life-affirming story that's enthralling, inspiring and poignant.

Full Review… | June 27, 2003
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

It's a beautiful and oddly restful experience.

June 20, 2003
Seattle Times
Top Critic

As pretty and light as a feather on the wind.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Common Sense Media

Jacques Perrin's spectacular documentary takes observation a step further as he literally seems to take flight with flocks of birds as they make their annual migration.

Full Review… | December 23, 2010

Filmed with exceptional care and remarkable photographic ingenuity, no other nature documentary is as personal and as close-up as this one to the peculiarities of birds.

Full Review… | October 17, 2009
Apollo Guide

The Oscar-nominated "Winged Migration" is a virtuosi technical achievement in documentary filmmaking due to its astonishingly intimate photography of the migrations of numerous species of birds across the earth's northern and southern hemispheres.

Full Review… | April 19, 2009

Utilizing sky divers, ultralights, helicopters, planes, etc., the filmmakers litterally have you flying with the birds. It makes for a heady, enjoyable ride.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Film Scouts

The point of this true-life adventure is not the dissemination of information but the instilling of a sense of awe in the viewer ...

Full Review… | January 29, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Winged Migration must be the most subversive G-rated film ever.

Full Review… | June 13, 2004

The material seems shapeless... no question was raised that might have held me... And maybe Born Free was a documentary, too.

Full Review… | March 19, 2004
F5 (Wichita, KS)

There's no better tribute to the beauty of flight than Jacques Perrin's lighter-than-air documentary wonder.

Full Review… | February 9, 2004

It's a movie you sit back and marvel at.

Full Review… | January 5, 2004

Winged Migration soars, and lets us fly along for the ride.

Full Review… | January 2, 2004

In the tradition of the also nearly wordless Atlantis and Microcosmos… educational voiceover narration is superfluous: It's enough simply to see.

Full Review… | December 26, 2003
Decent Films Guide

The movie is, in three words, beautiful beautiful beautiful.

Full Review… | December 19, 2003
Window to the Movies

All in such extreme close-up that you think the birds will whack the camera with their wings at any moment.

Full Review… | November 21, 2003
Shadows on the Wall

Um filme para ser visto na telona, e não na tevê.

November 3, 2003
Cinema em Cena

A superior wildlife film, featuring such breathtaking images of wild birds in flight that the audience is constantly wondering 'how in the world did they get that shot?'

Full Review… | October 17, 2003
Laramie Movie Scope

While the film is astonishing in its scope and accomplishment, categorizing Winged Migration as a documentary may be misleading.

Full Review… | September 29, 2003

an amazing technical achievement, as the cameras get so close to the birds you would almost swear you could reach out and touch their feathers.

Full Review… | September 7, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

One of the most beautiful and stirring adventures in the natural world that I've ever seen on film.

Full Review… | August 22, 2003
Flick Filosopher

Winged Migration is a quite astounding feat of cinema.

Full Review… | August 12, 2003

Audience Reviews for Winged Migration (Le Peuple Migrateur)

I liked the birds that ran on the surface of the water the best, they were so funny.

Megan S

Super Reviewer


This may be a 5, but it's been since the film's release that I've seen it, so I want to give it another view.

_kelly .King

Super Reviewer


The Scenes in this are unbeleiveable. I have seen Mallard Ducks for years but never noticed how flat they are when they fly. You fly with the birds, you will be in awwwww.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

The photography is amazing but it gets a little old after the first hour. The documentary on the DVD is almost more interesting. Definitely worth seeing at least once.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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