The Tomatometer rating – based on the published opinions of hundreds of film and television critics – is a trusted measurement of movie and TV programming quality for millions of moviegoers. It represents the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show.
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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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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.
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.
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...