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Winged Migration (Le Peuple Migrateur) Reviews

David Ansen
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July 8, 2008

Time Out
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January 26, 2006
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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August 7, 2004
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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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.

| Original Score: 5/5

July 11, 2003
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
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The photography is radiant.

| Original Score: 4/5

July 11, 2003

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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July 4, 2003
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Flight as sheer freedom couldn't be better demonstrated.

June 27, 2003
John Pancake
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

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

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: A+

June 27, 2003
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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It's a beautiful and oddly restful experience.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

June 20, 2003
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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The movie offers ample amounts of power, poetry and even humor.

| Original Score: B

June 20, 2003
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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This is a movie to be seen and savored. And savored again.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: A-

June 20, 2003
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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A feat of diligence -- and not just on the part of its feathered subjects.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

June 20, 2003
Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
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It's a heady, exultant ode to life.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A

June 19, 2003
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Winged Migration is, without question, the best documentary about birds I have ever seen.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 13, 2003
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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For those who dream of soaring with eagles -- or gliding with geese or hovering with herons -- the euphoric Winged Migration literally offers a bird's-eye view of the world's most majestic vistas.

| Original Score: 3/4

June 12, 2003
James Berardinelli
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A fascinating motion picture.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

June 11, 2003
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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Whether we're seeing a startled flock taking sudden flight or zapping into a mountain lake to catch fish, our eye is constantly bedazzled.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

June 11, 2003
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Arguably the most beautiful documentary ever made, Winged Migration has a 'wow!' factor that is off the charts.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

June 5, 2003
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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There's not a single special effect, and yet the visuals are spectacular.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 30, 2003
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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Reminds us of the possibly primal connection between movies and the eternal dream of flight.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 4/5

May 30, 2003
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Winged Migration is just a peek into the birds' view of things, and it's a precious one.

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

May 16, 2003
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Winged Migration is one for the birders, or for all other people who have stood still and forgotten themselves as they watch a sparrow make its way through the world.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

May 16, 2003
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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This is one of the most exhilarating wildlife documentaries ever brought to the big screen.

| Original Score: 4/4

May 15, 2003
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Simply one of the great feats of filming.

| Original Score: A-

May 9, 2003
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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This film by French director Jacques Perrin is to most nature documentaries what King Kong is to monster movies: It towers over them.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 4/4

May 9, 2003
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A work of visual poetry.

May 7, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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There are sights here I will not easily forget.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

May 2, 2003
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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To be next to these birds as they are flying is frankly mesmerizing.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 1, 2003
John Powers
L.A. Weekly
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The footage ... is astonishing both for the beauty of the birds and for its sheer technical brilliance.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

May 1, 2003
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Many modern fantasy films, employing digital effects and camera trickery, offer us an invitation to fly. None really sweeps us up to the heights like this one.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

May 1, 2003
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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For some 90 minutes, unadorned reality outdazzles special effects, and poetry-prone viewers may find themselves remembering paeans to nature by Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

April 30, 2003
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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[O]ne of the most astonishing pieces of work I've ever seen.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

April 28, 2003
Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger
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Perrin's film assembles discontinuous but overlapping visual wonders into a vaguely mystical ode to the endless variety and timeless rhythms of life.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

April 24, 2003
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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People have to learn poetry. Birds are born with it. Perrin has merely copied their poetry on film, and it is breathtaking, frame by frame.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 18, 2003
Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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While lacking in traditional drama and suffering from a slightly repetitive structure, Winged Migration has its emotional high points.

| Original Score: 3/4

April 18, 2003
Stephanie Zacharek
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This is awestruck filmmaking at its best.

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April 18, 2003
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Provides such an intense vicarious experience of being a flapping airborne creature with the wind in its ears that you leave the theater feeling like an honorary member of another species.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

April 17, 2003
John Anderson
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Nature films are assumed to be plotless, but Winged Migration is full of major and minor narratives, from the basic struggle of a snow goose making its migratory trek from the Gulf to the Yukon, to sequences of decidedly high drama.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 17, 2003
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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Though you learn less about the various species Perrin circled the globe to document than you might from an afternoon with Animal Planet, you become intensely chummy with the process and labor of flying.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 15, 2003
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Perrin gets so close to the intimate beauty of flight, you feel privileged.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

April 10, 2003
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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A beautiful spectacle that makes one think of God and Darwin in the same breath.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

March 6, 2003
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