The Messenger Reviews
May 4, 2019
Robert Sheehan has some good moments, and his flashbacks are the most interesting thing, but a directionless narrative lets The Messenger down.
August 13, 2018
The Messenger has no life or spark to it, failing to provide an in for the audience, who remain on the outside looking in for the entirety of its bland existence.
February 25, 2016
Gorgeous slow-motion footage of birds caught midflight against black backdrops is enthralling, although the doc tends to flit between narratives.
February 24, 2016
The loving passion of these activists makes a huge impression, and the birds themselves are spectacular.
January 29, 2016
For the most part, The Messenger does for songbirds what Winged Migration did for big birds.
December 10, 2015
The slow-motion close-ups alone should convince you these magnificent creatures are well worth the effort.
December 8, 2015
Filmmaker Su Rynard never loses sight of the winged tunesters' sheer beauty, or their emotional and symbolic pull.
December 4, 2015
First they came for the dolphins, then they came for the honeybees; now they come for the songbirds. Unless we stand up for all of them, we are next.
December 3, 2015
Over all, the arguments are persuasive, the message from the birds powerful, and the film a rich and satisfying call to action that is presented with some novel ideas for how to restore the ecological balance.
December 3, 2015
A Canadian documentary about songbirds as another species at risk.
December 1, 2015
The filmmakers, like the songbirds they advocate for, are only messengers, but their message is persuasive and terrifying.