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The Birds Reviews

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Alastair Sooke
Daily Telegraph (UK)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Moira Walsh
America Magazine
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.
David Keyes
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Glasby
Total Film
October 6, 2013
Though it lacks the psychological depth of Hitchcock's greatest works, it's characterised by a nightmarish simplicity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Andrew Sarris
Village Voice
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."
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
October 9, 2012
Few films depict so eerily yet so meticulously the metaphysical and historical sense of a world out of joint.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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.
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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.
Joyce Slaton
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Classic Hitchcock horror film still gives the chills.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
August 17, 2010
The only thing dated is the special effects. The suspense holds up very well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Cole Smithey
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 7, 2007
Perhaps only a director of Hitchcock's caliber can make such a fowl story fly.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

September 21, 2007
Maybe not quite the pinnacle of Hitchcock's career but definitely in the top five.
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
September 21, 2007
Genuinely disturbing thriller classic from the master of suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
September 21, 2007
Alfred Hitchcock's most abstract film (1963), and perhaps his subtlest, still yielding new meanings and inflections after a dozen or more viewings.
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
August 22, 2006
Inventive classic.
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Tom Milne
Time Out
June 24, 2006
It's fierce and Freudian as well as great cinematic fun, with ample fodder for the amateur psychologist following up on Hitch's tortuous involvement with his leading ladies.
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