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Winged Migration (Le Peuple Migrateur)

Winged Migration (Le Peuple Migrateur) (2003)



Average Rating: 8.4/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 38 | Rotten: 0

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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.

Nov 18, 2003


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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
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The photography is radiant.

July 11, 2003
Arizona Republic
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Flight as sheer freedom couldn't be better demonstrated.

June 27, 2003
Washington Post
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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
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A life-affirming story that's enthralling, inspiring and poignant.

June 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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It's a beautiful and oddly restful experience.

June 20, 2003
Seattle Times
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As pretty and light as a feather on the wind.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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.

December 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Views

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.

October 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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.

April 19, 2009 Full Review Source:

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

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
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 ...

January 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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

June 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Low IQ Canadian

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

March 19, 2004 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)
F5 (Wichita, KS)

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

February 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

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

January 5, 2004 Full Review

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

January 2, 2004 Full Review

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

December 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

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

December 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
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.

November 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Um filme para ser visto na telona, e no na tev.

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?'

October 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

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

September 29, 2003 Full Review

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.

September 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

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

August 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Winged Migration is a quite astounding feat of cinema.

August 12, 2003 Full Review Source:

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.
July 27, 2009

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.
February 10, 2008

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.
January 11, 2008
Bruce Bruce

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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.
April 16, 2007

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  • Nomaden der Lfte (DE)
  • The Travelling Birds (UK)
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