The Hawk Is Dying Reviews

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May 4, 2007
Goldberger and Giamatti strain too hard for strangeness.
May 4, 2007
These strengths seldom mesh persuasively.
April 7, 2007
Never takes flight.
April 5, 2007
The Hawk Is Dying is a fragile little movie, occasionally ridiculous, but with M. Night Shyamalan's Lady In The Water, Giamatti proved that he can make even the weirdest material believable.
April 2, 2007
Imagine an entire film infected with hangdog sensibility, unrelieved by humor or narrative interest, and you have The Hawk Is Dying.
March 31, 2007
Ultimately, this inscrutable film is just an exercise in self-indulgence.
Top Critic
March 31, 2007
For performing half this film with a predatory bird perched and flapping angrily on his arm, Paul Giamatti deserves some sort of award.
March 30, 2007
Giamatti delivers yet another superb performance, turning what might have been a freak show into an unexpectedly moving experience.
March 30, 2007
Isn't anywhere close to perfect, but giving yourself over to its performances is wonderfully rewarding.
March 30, 2007
Not an easy movie to watch, and it's far from perfect -- but it does have an artsy integrity and a fascinatingly intense performance by Paul Giamatti.
March 30, 2007
Goldberger's stubbornly insular script might have fared better on stage, where the story would feel more contained than suffocating.
March 29, 2007
There's enough worthwhile labor expended, especially by the powerful cast, to make Hawk Is Dying difficult to dismiss, even when it's hard to take.
March 27, 2007
I'd rather watch Goldberger fail than a hundred others succeed.
March 23, 2007
Resonant but angst-ridden, it's a subtle, strangely spiritual human drama that unfolds slowly, very slowly.
March 19, 2007
The principal human character warns more than once, "Don't look at The Hawk." That's good advice, film fans.
March 17, 2007
It's awfully hard to review a movie called The Hawk is Dying without avoiding bird synonyms and metaphors.
May 22, 2006
It's not exactly a one-man and a bird show, but it's as close as we're going to get.
April 10, 2006
Goldberger's study of a troubled man's obsession with falconry is admittedly flawed and Giamatti's acting is self-indulgent, yet there's something truly independent about this film which now gets a second chance to be seen at the Cannes Film Festival.
February 17, 2006
Giamatti, as always, is great. He brings George to life, which isn't all that difficult for one of the few dumpy, balding actors getting leading man roles in Hollywood.
January 26, 2006
Loaded with obtuse symbolism, the film is not only hard to understand, it isn't much fun trying to figure it out.
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