Bird Reviews

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February 12, 2020
Eastwood directed Bird in much the same way he plays jazz piano-not with caution, not with precision, but with a love that is supreme.
January 16, 2020
What the film pulls off is the difficult fusion of this kind of accuracy with larger 'truths' which are no respecter of accuracy.
December 11, 2018
"Bird'' is a movie that demands your full attention, refusing to yield all its meanings if you sit back and let it wash over you.
December 11, 2018
In this movie and its hot, fast bursts of bop, Charlie Parker gets a fitting elegy.
March 26, 2009
Sensitively acted, beautifully planned visually and dynamite musically, this is a dramatic telling of the troubled life of a revolutionary artist.
June 5, 2008
The greatest strength of Clint Eastwood's bio-pic tribute to jazz saxophone great Charlie 'Bird' Parker, is its dark and haunting mood.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
At last American cinema has done black music proud. Unforgettable.
December 6, 2005
Eastwood shows a Parker that is haunted by his boyhood addiction, and shows off the innumerable people who loved his talent who were let down by him time and again.
February 18, 2005
January 15, 2005
Eastwood made the switch from Hollywood icon to great world director with his viciously underrated Bird.
March 18, 2004
Overlong, and reeking of prestige.
January 3, 2004
Eastwood clearly is committed to presenting Bird to his audience with all of his complexities and contradictions intact.
November 13, 2003
July 30, 2003
Whitaker gives a towering performance as the tortured musical genius, and Venora is equally impressive as the independent, compassionate Chan.
May 20, 2003
Bird is less moving as a character study than it is as a tribute and as a labor of love. The portrait it offers, though hazy at times, is one Charlie Parker's admirers will recognize.
July 29, 2002
"a well-produced downer that moves like a funeral procession"
July 26, 2002
April 11, 2001
Reduced to the bare bones of people and plot, the film winds up dancing around the edges of questions it doesn't answer -- straight-ahead rhythm coupled with straight-ahead melody, and not quite enough depth to either one.
January 1, 2000
Even though, thematically, the movie won't come clear, Eastwood has succeeded so thoroughly in communicating his love of his subject, and there's such vitality in the performances, that we walk out elated, juiced on the actors and the music.
January 1, 2000
Whitaker sweats, vomits, blows and wails as the Bird (so named for hanging around jazz clubs like a yardbird), laying in some minor-key grace to Parker's self-destruction along the way. But he never lets you into his darkest fears.
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