The Birds Reviews

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October 13, 2019
Hitchcock at his best, wrapping up in his somewhat hokum narrative a clever essay on belated maturation and another of his wonderful cinematic discourses on time and space.
October 7, 2019
Hitchcock takes a long time to get his mood established, but the terror really chills the blood before the perplexing finale.
August 12, 2019
The only characters in the film who aren't birdbrains are the birds.
March 28, 2017
Hitchcock prolongs his prelude to horror for more than half the film, playing with audience suspense with comedy and romance while he sets his stage. The horror when it comes is a hair-raiser ...
September 29, 2015
The true genius of the film, based on a 1952 short story by Daphne du Maurier, is the way Hitchcock makes the malevolent birds seem like manifestations of his characters' mental unease.
July 29, 2015
The picture pursues these false clues with excessive long-windedness and occasional fatuity. It is a tribute to Hitchcock's mastery of his craft that, even so, he makes overpoweringly real the menace of the birds.
March 21, 2015
In the thick of an impeccable narrative that pays deep attention to all those involved, the great filmmaker manages to reach far inside the psychological chasm and find a rich inspiration.
October 6, 2013
Though it lacks the psychological depth of Hitchcock's greatest works, it's characterised by a nightmarish simplicity.
October 6, 2013
This Hitchcock classic somehow strayed from favour for a while, yet in the realm of popular mythology it is now rivalled only by Vertigo or Psycho.
January 18, 2013
Drawing from the relatively invisible literary talents of Daphne DuMaurier and Evan Hunter, Alfred Hitchcock has fashioned a major work of cinematic art, and "cinematic" is the operative term here, not "literary" or "sociological."
October 9, 2012
Few films depict so eerily yet so meticulously the metaphysical and historical sense of a world out of joint.
October 9, 2012
Hitch's much misappreciated follow-up to Psycho is arguably the greatest of all disaster films -- a triumph of special effects, as well as the fountainhead of what has become known as gross-out horror.
December 16, 2011
The Birds represents better than any other Hitchcock film the extreme polarities of his universe: vicious unpredictability and moral and emotional disorder on the one hand, and rigorous stylistic control and formal organization, on the other.
January 2, 2011
Classic Hitchcock horror film still gives the chills.
August 17, 2010
The only thing dated is the special effects. The suspense holds up very well.
June 17, 2009
Although not as horrifically shocking as "Psycho," "The Birds" is a more sophisticated film, and represents a high watermark in the prolific career of a true maestro of cinema.
Top Critic
October 7, 2008
The movie flaps to a plotless end.
November 7, 2007
Perhaps only a director of Hitchcock's caliber can make such a fowl story fly.
September 26, 2007
Feels like it was made by a brilliant filmmaker who simply felt challenged by the enormity of the task. In that regard, it's close to 100 percent successful.
September 21, 2007
Hailed as one of Hitchcock's masterpieces by some and despised by others, The Birds is certainly among the director's more complex and fascinating works.
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