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April 15, 2017
I'll never look at a bird in the same way again. This Hitchcock thriller is almost two movies in one. At the start we have clever sexual tension between the two lead actors. Then we have birds featuring some very good special effects for that era. The only thing I didn't like was the ending. 1001
March 8, 2017
An obvious must-see. Still creepy to this day.
½ February 22, 2017
The Birds was my first exposure to Alfred Hitchcock. The Birds is a solid horror film that just continues to build suspense. The characters are all great and personal. The special effects hold up well. The best thing about this movie is that they give us no answer. We have no clue why all of a sudden the birds turn on humanity. The great Horror films never reveal things like this. The Birds is a really solid Horror film everyone should check out at least once.
½ February 1, 2017
A scary and suspenseful movie
January 7, 2017
10 out of 10:

Thanks to incredible special effects, acting, and directing, The Birds makes innocent animals into terrifying ones.
January 7, 2017
This movie really does not live up to it's reputation. It is way too long and boring. The few scenes that have birds, while scary, do not compensate for it's empty plot.
September 5, 2016
Great movie. Surprisingly nobody got covered in bird poop.

I find it hilarious how Alfred's last name is *BLEEPED* out of the reviews.
August 31, 2016
The Birds is one of Alfred Hitchcock's most iconic films, along with Psycho and North by Northwest. The film has good acting from both Tippi Hedren and Rod Taylor. The film is very well directed by Hitchcock as there is a lot of build up which may feel slow but is necessary to make us care about the characters. Once the birds attack the film is very thrilling and gets more and more tense until you get to the end. All of the bird attack scenes are very tense and get quite violent which is surprising considering this film was made in the 60's when censorship was a lot stricter. The film is well written and edited and isn't really boring although it does move at a slow pace. There are lots of iconic and thrilling moments such as the iconic phone booth scene and the school scene. The school scene is a very tense and very well set up scene that is brilliantly directed by the brilliant Hitchcock and has a great pay off. The scene where Tippi is attacked in the attic is quite possibly the most disturbing and tense moments. Hitchcock wanted this scene to feel like a rape and he really captured the intensity and horror perfectly. The bird attack is also well set up as we get brief little hints there is something wrong with the birds before they attack so when they actually do attack it's been well set up and doesn't come out of nowhere. While this is a very good film it is quite dated. For one the birds are obviously super imposed and while some shots of them attacking looks real, most of it looks rather fake which is understandable as this film is nearly 50 years old. Also while the set up is necessary I do feel it goes on for too long and does get a little tedious. Also the lack of music I feel at points is very noticeable like when the mother character finds this dead body it does feel a little odd with no music. However the birds is a really good if not great film. I highly recommend it to any fan of films or in particular fans of Hitchcock. The Birds is a classic and while not Hitchcock's best it's very good. B+
August 24, 2016
always thought this was overrated
½ August 20, 2016
Underwhelming at best
The film's pace is sloppy to say the least
The birds themselves only pop up in spades which is a shame because that's when the movie is exciting
The ending is something to be desired
Still the best suspense portion by Hitchcock himself is the last 10 min worrying if these people can make it out ok
It does make these flying creatures way more pesky and freaky
August 16, 2016
É de apavorar e, mesmo com o desgaste evidenciado em algumas cenas, a direção inteligente de Hitchcock faz de "Os pássaros" um imortal clássico do horror.
½ August 13, 2016
A mediocre film where Hitchcock was obviously typecast into making a horror flick after the excellent PSYCHO.
½ July 22, 2016
"The Birds" has its own style for the first time, looks like a romance movie, but one always gets a sense that something strange, this is very good, and is the face of Hitchcock, each character is very well depth, nothing is shallow, so I think "birds" as one of the best scripts of Hitchcock movies (along with Vertigo), the performances are great (Tippi Hedren beautiful as ever), the picture is beautiful, this the peaceful landscapes on the roads, to the scenes of pure suspense, with red sky, aprontas birds and a desperate atmosphere in the air, the soundtrack is almost non-existent, but it does not really miss. The movie is great, but has some problems, the film has some scenes that start in spectacular fashion, you're all euphoric, and the scene ends in a silly way, the effects are good for the time, and Hitchcock really tries to leave all very real, if you like suspense, watch "the birds", will not regret it.

(SPOLIER)Many people complain not have an explanation for the attack of the birds, well, I think the best, but we can deduce, as Hitchcock leaves clues, dialogue in agriculture, the canaries in the cage, every work of fiction has its internal logic, and Hitchcock tries to show one absurd logic (or not), the animal simply get tired of being overwhelmed, and decides to oppress, and is almost clear in the film, which has a higher intelligence controlling them, remember their attacks in waves, is a mixture of instinct with intelligence, which Hitchcock meant by that? perhaps the creator revolting against the creature a half bizarre logic, but why not? Everyone who draw your own conclusions, this is the magic of cinema.

Forgive my English translator google.
July 19, 2016
I forgive the terrible graphics - Hitchcock's one detour into the supernatural is a fun side-trip.
July 2, 2016
The perfect Suspense movie.
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.

Legendary sequences that are etched in ppls minds since they first saw this, it starts out as a romance, and takes a quick, dark left into almost unimaginable terror from the skies.

Watch it again to enjoy some details you likely forgot - not a criticism of your memory by any means, just a reminder of the great flourishes with Alfred at the helm firing on all cylinders.

Clearly this was influential on Jaws terror-from-the-deep, and still I'd love to see what he would have done within the era of Shark Week and animal attack videos on

There are so many shocks and twists, you can't help but be drawn into each dilemma.

A great work.

5 ominous squawks out of 5
½ June 10, 2016
Who else better than Hitchcock to be able to really make you feel thrilled and paranoic about an animal that normally you wouldnt be scared of. Really impressive how they managed the special effects for that time, I LOVE the technicolor style (most people don't notice this) but it is delightful! I always enjoy playing Where's Hitchcock when watching his movies. All time horror classic film you must watch; book adaptation that doesn't fails, Daphne Du Maurier is a suspense goddess.
½ May 24, 2016
This Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece was not nearly as good as rear window or psycho but it is one of the great classics to watch
½ May 12, 2016
The Birds still succeeds to this day bc it delivers it's fright via suspense. The theme may sound obvious/mundane (killer birds) but Hitchcock masterfully blends tension with a killer score to scare the viewer. It's well worth a watch, especially on a windy Autumn night.
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