Penguin Bloom

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Penguin Bloom's fact-based story could have been adapted with greater nuance, but strong work from Naomi Watts and Andrew Lincoln adds some much-needed heart.

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A photographer and his family find hope and solace in an injured magpie chick.

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Critic Reviews for Penguin Bloom

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (10)

  • You'd be forgiven for fearing that their symbiotic recovery process might be a little too schmaltzy. But it's a credit to Watts's performance and Ivin's understated direction that this woozy vision of emotional and physical healing sings.

    September 16, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • An old-fashioned throwback for families in search of something safe and superhero-free that might not sing quite as loud as it could have but flies just about high enough nonetheless.

    September 12, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Benjamin Lee

    Guardian
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  • "Penguin Bloom" meanders a bit before coming in to land. The path there might be predictable, but there is still something beautiful when it really takes flight.

    September 11, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Kate Erbland

    indieWire
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  • It's thanks to Watts' measured performance that Glendyn Ivin's based-on-a-true-story film... mostly avoids the pitfalls of dated and offensive inspiration-porn movies of yore that supply nothing but uplifting fodder to the able-bodied.

    September 11, 2020 | Full Review…

    Tomris Laffly

    Variety
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  • Naomi Watts and Andrew Lincoln bring dignity and seriousness to what might've been a painfully sappy tale of rebirth...

    September 11, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It treats a very emotional, layered situation with blunt, on-the-nose storytelling.

    September 11, 2020 | Full Review…

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