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A thrilling leap forward for director Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman is an ambitious technical showcase powered by a layered story and outstanding performances from Michael Keaton and Edward Norton.



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BIRDMAN or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) - famous for portraying an iconic superhero - as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself. (c) Fox Searchlight

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Amy Ryan
as Sylvia
Kenny Chin
as Korean Grocer
Jamahl Garrison-Lowe
as Daniel (Stagehand)
Katherine O'Sullivan
as Costume Assistant
Damian Young
as Gabriel
Akira Ito
as Translator
William Youmans
as Bartender (Tommy)
Paula Pell
as Lady in Bar
David Fierro
as Man in Bar
Hudson Flynn
as Kid in Bar (Billy)
Joel Garland
as Stagehand
Brent Bateman
as Broadway Tourist
Donna Lynne Champlin
as Broadway Lady
Valentino Musumeci
as Broadway Kids
Taylor Schwencke
as Broadway Kids
Craig muMs Grant
as Broadway Man on Street
Kyle Knauf
as Annoying Times Square Guy
Dave Neal
as Annoying Times Squares Guy
Kelly Southerland
as Annoying Times Squares Guy
Roberta Colindrez
as Broadway Woman on Street
Frank Ridley
as Mr. Roth
Janis Corsair
as Female Usher
Rakesh G. Shaw
as Liquor Store Owner
Bill Camp
as Crazy Man
Malachi Weir
as Guy in Window
Jackie Hoffman
as Lady on Balcony (Mary)
Stephen Adly Guirgis
as Good Neighbor
Glenn Wein
as Young Male Usher
Nicolas Rain Noe
as Intermission Woman
Susan Blackwell
as Intermission Woman
Anna Hardwick
as Blonde Reporter
Dusan Dukic
as Newscaster
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Critic Reviews for Birdman

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  • Birdman is a one-trick pony of a movie, but what a trick. The technical achievement alone is immense.

    Jan 16, 2015 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Birdman, more than most, seems a film that deserves a second viewing, not only to admire the work of Keaton and his co-stars, but to delve into its many layers.

    Jan 2, 2015 | Full Review…
  • It's a quasi-religious fable about a man haunted by the past and facing a profound moral and existential crisis in the present, and it's a dazzling display of virtuoso cinematic technique and showboat performances.

    Jan 2, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The characters in Birdman don't always find redemption, but Iñárritu's faith in people has never felt more real.

    Jan 2, 2015 | Full Review…
  • This is a strange and beautiful and unique film, one of the best movies of the year.

    Jan 2, 2015 | Rating: 4/4
  • The reason this scalding industry satire works as well as it does is because it has a grounding in some fairly uncomfortable truths about the movie business even as the plot indulges in flights -- literally -- of fancy.

    Jan 2, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Birdman

It takes quite a while to get into this. While the acting is top notch and the camera work, together with the illusion of the entire movie being a single take, is pretty interesting the writing seriously lacks some punch. Some might find that intellectual, but I can think of a handful of writers who would have delivered much more fun and realistic dialogs. As it is, the entire project is more pretentious than entertaining, despite of all the talent combined. And if I never have to hear free jazz drumming again after this, I'll be a happy man.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

A spectacular piece of virtuoso cinema that impresses not only for its remarkable technical achievement (Lubezki reached heavens with that jaw-dropping "forged" long-take), but also for being an incredibly well-constructed (and hilarious) character study with Michael Keaton in a magnificent career-defining performance.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a brilliant directed film by Alejandro González Iñárritu, who manipulates the camera to give the illusion that the film is one continuous long take (which can get dizzying at times) giving a film that is resonate to a modern day audience as it examins these fictitious characters and their commentary on what it means to stay relevant. The film is a deep character study of Riggan Thomson played by a moving and stellar Michael Keaton a once-time big movie star struggling to regain importance in his contemporary setting while trying to establish himself as an artist worthy of praise and to get rid of his "Birdman" image. Not to be underrated are a game Edward Norton playing Mike Shiner a popular Broadway star and Emma Stone as Sam who delivers such a moving monologue on what it means to be relevant and to leave a lasting legacy. This to me is a film that is the epitome of first class movie making. 5/5

Jarrad Climpson
Jarrad Climpson

Super Reviewer

The play within a play motif is used here to great advantage as an aging actor famous for pablum seeks to redeem his self-worth by mounting a prestigious piece on Broadway, that place where legions of the acting community believe is Shangri-La. He has problems, of course, and that mainly being that no one around him really gives a hoot regardless, and there are many of these. The work is involving, and an astute commentary on modern life in Western civilization.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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