Pecking Order Reviews

November 19, 2018
Director Slavko Martinov captures everything with humour and respect, and his coverage of an unfortunately painful battle for the future of the club adds a keen poignancy.
September 29, 2017
A documentary about New Zealand's leading chicken breeders may not immediately seize the imagination, but, like Best in Show, the mockumentary it often resembles, Slavko Martinov's film is often hilarious.
September 28, 2017
Really quite delightful.
September 28, 2017
[A] quirkily entertaining documentary about the world of competitive chicken breeding.
September 26, 2017
Mostly this is just an enjoyable 90 odd minutes of very attractive chickens and their dedicated owners. Oh and that cockerel having a nice time in front of a hairdryer.
February 22, 2019
An uproariously entertaining doc. It's informative, yet certainly incomplete.
November 19, 2018
While competitive chicken showing in New Zealand may seem pretty niche, the story of human obsession is universal and, in Martinov's hands, very accessible.
September 22, 2018
Pecking Order has all the right ingredients to make a delicious documentary omelette, but it still comes out slightly undercooked... Still, there's nothing Kiwi audiences like more than scratching and pecking around to unearth the perfect local eccentric
September 22, 2018
If you think anything to do with chickens is automatically funny, you'll have a ball, but personally, I found director Slavko Martinov's cutesy musical choices and winking tone more than a little wearying.
March 26, 2018
Slavko Martinov's film also speaks to the very real value of community groups and the trickiness in maintaining traditional interests in the 21st century.
December 26, 2017
This is quirkily compulsive viewing.
October 1, 2017
There's not much drama, but I was amused, engaged and touched by the goings-on at the Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club.
October 1, 2017
This pun-filled film unfolds with affection and features a gallery of quirky characters from veteran chairman Doug to 12-year-old novice Rhys. A real delight.
September 29, 2017
An absolutely hilarious and very pointed exploration of politics and culture on the smallest possible scale. And a lot of good-lookin' chickens.
September 29, 2017
Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of competitive poultry pageantry.
September 29, 2017
A sufficiently engaging delve into a niche interest and those who feel defined by it. But one which, narratively at least, backs the wrong gamecock.
September 28, 2017
Despite its rather odd subject matter, Pecking Order does a decent enough job in presenting its audience with a charming premise and a rather exciting denouement.
September 27, 2017
Of course, this is a film about human beings as much as it is one about hens. It works because [Slavko] Martinov has found such lively characters.
September 26, 2017
As feathers are ruffled by ego and envy, the film doubles as a surprisingly affecting fable of fun turning fowl.
May 19, 2017
There's more to this film than a tribute to Best in Show with chickens, this is a film about Kiwis being Kiwis, delivered thought the portrayal of a club in disarray and all the wonderful human-ness and drama it brings with it.