Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) Reviews

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February 19, 2019
Latin American cinema offers us a new masterpiece. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 19, 2019
Intoxicating for the way it manages to make a narco narrative feel new and visually stunning in how it turns La Guajira into a broad dreamlike canvas, Birds of Passage is a towering achievement.
February 19, 2019
One of the most beautifully filmed movies I've seen in a decade.
February 17, 2019
With an unhurried pace, Guerra and Gallego usher us through a wondrous world on the brink of change, making us witness to its glories and horrors.
February 16, 2019
Changing pace from Embrace of the Serpent, Guerra and Gallego have crafted a nuanced depiction of capitalism's corruptive DNA and a film that subverts all expectations
February 16, 2019
The movie is a knockout.
February 15, 2019
Since the movie is set in the decades before Escobar's prime, it lacks the kind of narco sheen western audiences have flocked to, but it's very much an analogy for that era, the lives it took and the shame it's left behind for the survivors.
February 15, 2019
This evocative Colombian drama provides a unique and emotionally powerful perspective on the proliferation of the country's drug trafficking trade.
February 15, 2019
[A] haunting masterpiece destined to be among the year's finest films...
February 15, 2019
Harrowing in its repetitive violence, but never less than fascinating as a piece of ethnology, with magic-realist dimensions, that amounts to an origin story of the Latin American drug trade. It's an extraordinarily accomplished piece of filmmaking.
February 14, 2019
"Birds of Passage" is a standout in the sprawling drug-empire genre, showing the effects of the trade on locals and refusing to romanticize the family at its center.
February 14, 2019
I'm not sure that ultimately there's much to Birds of Passage other than being a well-made gangster film that attempts to approach its subject from an unusual perspective... Fortunately, there are more valuable qualities...
February 14, 2019
Imagine "The Godfather" made by dazzling Latin American directors who combine bravura filmmaking with political awareness and a probing social conscience.
February 13, 2019
Three viewings in, I'm still flabbergasted by the scope and detail of this movie ... and in awe of the way its unique cover version of a crime-doesn't-pay story totally pays off.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 13, 2019
Despite its cultural specificity, it can't help but feel like it's on a very specific trajectory from which it cannot deviate.
February 12, 2019
The ease and charisma of the performers, trained and nonprofessional actors alike, heighten the emotional impact.
February 12, 2019
Money corrupts, Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra's ethnographic crime epic would say. Easy money corrupts completely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 12, 2019
The screenwriters' way of describing this world's fall from grace due to the lures of money and luxury has the power and inevitability of classic tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 11, 2019
Richly textured images both unfold the action in tense detail and enmesh it in its social context, rescuing cultural memory from tragic devastation.
February 10, 2019
Takes us step by step to the destruction of a culture.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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