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The Eagle Huntress Reviews

January 2, 2017
A soaring, sweet documentary that welcomes its audience into an unexpected new arena.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 13, 2016
Aisholpan is one of life's trailblazers - a feminist pioneer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 23, 2016
The film's feminist message is hardly subtle, but it's still effective. And the peak into the nomad lifestyle - where an eagle just sits on a perch in the living room - is fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 21, 2016
The outline of a modern feminist epic is always there in the background. What's surprising is how fresh and charming the movie manages to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 17, 2016
This is a wonderfully realistic film. The narrative is simple, almost obvious to a fault.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 17, 2016
Factor in the feel-good story, Bell's bracing cinematography, and his meticulous observance of the villagers' customs and environments, and the film becomes a multilayered exploration of dignity, perseverance, and progress.
November 11, 2016
Documentarian Otto Bell's titular huntress - a 13-year-old Kazakh named Aisholpan who hails from a family boasting generations of champion (male) eagle hunters - is impossible not to like and/or root for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 10, 2016
Bell translates another culture's traditions into the tired platitudes of a second-rate Disney animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 10, 2016
For every misgiving "The Eagle Huntress" invites, it offers inspiration in equal measure, taking the audience on a beautiful, thrilling journey to a part of the world that isstill largely inaccessible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 10, 2016
With the exception of light narration by Daisy Ridley - a nice detail, casting the female Jedi in a film very much about girl power - Bell lets the action onscreen tell a story that's every bit as rousing as a Disney adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 4, 2016
The film lends itself to grand pronouncements about feminism or animal rights or some combination of the two, but at heart this is an engaging story about a girl and her eagle.
November 4, 2016
This carefully massaged doc, with its spectacular aerial views of the landscape and the hunt, is a heartwarming story about perseverance and talent - if you believe it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 3, 2016
There's a spirit that soars in this nature doc about a 13-year-old who becomes Mongolia's first female eagle hunter in 12 generations. You'll be hooked.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 3, 2016
Otto Bell's The Eagle Huntress is everything you could ask for in a documentary, and more. It's the more that distracts from time to time, but not enough to spoil our pleasure.
November 3, 2016
Girl power soars on the wings of eagles in this stunning documentary set in mountainous western Mongolia about 13-year-old Aisholpan Nurgaiv, determined to push past generations of male-dominated tradition to become an eagle hunter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 2, 2016
A sky-high documentary salute to girl power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 2, 2016
As a movie, "The Eagle Huntress" would have made a great National Geographic article.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 1, 2016
It wants to make your heart swell, and it does a fine job of it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 1, 2016
It's a wholesome lark that you'll want to show your daughters and sons.
November 1, 2016
Tween audiences will be transported no doubt -- if they survive Eagle Huntress' bloody prologue involving the offering of a lamb, that is -- but a part of the older audience might be left wanting.
November 1, 2016
Viewers jaded by daily doses of digital dazzlement might not fully register the reality of the wonders they are witnessing. But that doesn't, in the end, make "The Eagle Huntress" any less wonderful.
November 1, 2016
As unlikely as it is enchanting, "The Eagle Huntress" tells its documentary story with such sureness that falling under its sway is all but inevitable.
October 31, 2016
"The Eagle Huntress" is all at once an inspiring story for children of all ages to believe that they can do anything, a reflection of the unfairness of gender roles and a rare and unique look at a remote part of the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 28, 2016
The film, some of which looks staged, is too slick, and its feminist emphasis, complete with Australian performer Sia singing "You can do anything" on the soundtrack, grates. But Aisholpan triumphs over these excesses.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 27, 2016
The movie's restrained second half stuns, ranking as one of the most magical stretches of nonfiction filmmaking in recent years.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 31, 2016
A 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl breaks a traditional role's gender barrier in this entertaining documentary.