Bird Reviews

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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 24, 2006
At last American cinema has done black music proud. Unforgettable.
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.
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.
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.
July 31, 2008
... arguably the best cinematic jazz biography ever made.
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.
March 8, 2006
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