High Flying Bird

2019

High Flying Bird

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High Flying Bird takes a thoughtful and engrossing look at professional sports that sees Steven Soderbergh continuing to test the limits of new filmmaking technology.

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In the midst of a pro basketball lockout, sports agent Ray Burke (André Holland) finds himself caught in the face-off between the league and the players. His career is on the line, but Ray is playing for higher stakes. With only 72 hours to pull off a daring plan, he outmaneuvers all the power-players as he uncovers a loophole that could change the game forever. The outcome raises questions of who owns the game -- and who ought to. Directed by Academy Award winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) from a script by Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight), HIGH FLYING BIRD features an acclaimed ensemble cast that includes Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Sonja Sohn, Zachary Quinto, Kyle MacLachlan and Bill Duke, plus appearances from NBA athletes Reggie Jackson, Karl-Anthony Towns and Donovan Mitchell.

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All Critics (126) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (117) | Rotten (9)

  • Soderbergh's liveliest, most big-thinking work since Magic Mike, this is a quick, zingy, all-business sports drama that plays like Jerry Maguire with twin degrees in economics and sociology.

    December 11, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

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  • Directed, shot, and edited by Steven Soderbergh, this cerebral Netflix original is an even more incisive drama about the business of sports than Moneyball.

    December 11, 2019 | Full Review…
  • High Flying Bird could be called an anti-Sports Movie: its goal is not to uplift, but rather to provoke, mobilize and envision a future in which the players themselves own the league.

    December 11, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A Promethean sports drama that hums with the verve and purpose of Soderbergh's very best work.

    December 11, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • The director and cinematographer is Steven Soderbergh, who has recently returned after a blessedly brief 2012 retirement with manic energy. High Flying Bird continues his stream of crafting the tightest, snappiest pieces of movie work in recent memory.

    December 11, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • I think the paring of [Steven Soderbergh] and Tarell Alvin McCraney is inspired. It's such a beautiful, sharp, layered script.

    September 18, 2019 | Full Review…

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