Bird Reviews

March 18, 2004
Overlong, and reeking of prestige.
July 29, 2002
"a well-produced downer that moves like a funeral procession"
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
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.