The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Reviews

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David Keyes
February 8, 2016
A gentle document about the romanticism between a man and his wild pets, all of whom depend on his good nature to persist in a strange cycle of existence among the threatening neighborhoods of San Francisco.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 25, 2012
Profile of a gentle, caring, and sensitive man who models for us the empathy and respect we should have for all animals large and small.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
Fall in love with these brave and beautiful birds.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kam Williams
Sly Fox
May 25, 2007
A documentary which captures an eccentric ornithologist communing with his flock with an intimacy that's almost unimaginable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
February 10, 2006
Irving captures some memorable images… but generally relies on the birds' natural photogenic charm as well as the human dimensions of the drama to sustain the 83-minute film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
December 9, 2005
The beautiful shots of San Francisco's lush Telegraph Hill are captivating by themselves, but the film's greatest achievement is its humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Cabin
December 9, 2005
Perhaps if Judy Irving's The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill had been released in any other year, I wouldn't be so judgmental and hard to please
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Matt McNally
December 6, 2005
In the spirit of all good documentaries, Wild Parrots transcends its ostensive subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Arthur Lazere
November 26, 2005
The birds...are a natural subject for a documentary film, but in the end Judy Irving's film is as much or more about Mark Bittner, a self-appointed guardian of the flock, than it is about the birds themselves.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 14, 2005
Amusing, touching and satisfying, this gentle yet probing little doco is a hand made movie whose simplicity and its subject matter are pluses.
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
August 16, 2005
Even though it's only August, I'm not going out on a limb when I say that "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill" is one of the best films of the year.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
August 2, 2005
How animals can sometimes, like art, serve as a reflection of the hopes and fears of their caretakers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Angela Baldassarre
July 20, 2005
Parrots not so wild.Documentary shows quirks but not much else.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 15, 2005
A bright window into the wild kingdom just outside our door that most of us barely notice, if at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
July 15, 2005
A quietly profound way to understand the importance of mankind's relationship with nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 15, 2005
A cornball charmer of a film with some beautiful birds and homespun wisdom.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
July 15, 2005
Director Judy Irving has created a picture that should fascinate not only bird lovers, but general audiences.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 1, 2005
... objections recede in the face of the prime fact of this movie: It makes us feel better about being human.
Read More | Original Score: A
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
June 27, 2005
The tables are turned in The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill. In this mentally invigorating nonfiction film, parrots inspire a human to talk.
| Original Score: 3/4
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
June 17, 2005
Something about the way in which it's been told can turn even a fellow fauna fancier into a harrumphing curmudgeon.
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