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The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Reviews

May 13, 2009
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
July 15, 2005
A cornball charmer of a film with some beautiful birds and homespun wisdom.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 6, 2005
Charming, intelligent entertainment that should attract the same family audiences that flocked to Winged Migration in 2001.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 5, 2005
An absolute delight and nothing like the wimpy nature film its title suggests. It's a soaring -- figuratively and literally -- documentary with a surprising emotional power.
Read More | Original Score: B+
May 5, 2005
A loving, dopey documentary about the bird man of a place with a view of Alcatraz.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 29, 2005
[A] charming, layered documentary.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 29, 2005
It contains ample joys and sorrows, and it will introduce you to some of the year's most memorable characters.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 28, 2005
The biggest problem with this documentary is its title, which makes it sound like a bird-watching club filmstrip. While it indeed concerns birds, it's about a lot more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 21, 2005
What might have been a static portrait has become a true story, with tragic turns, joyful surprises and provocative glimpses into the meaning of life.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 15, 2005
Turns out to be that rarity: a movie that makes its audience happier for having seen it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 12, 2005
In many ways, this is a movie for outcasts and outcasts at heart -- most of us, I'll wager.
April 7, 2005
Not that San Francisco needs more tourists, but Wild Parrots captures a nice little piece of the city's magic, its landmarks, hills, tree-lined streets and quietly regal neighborhoods.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 1, 2005
Bittner is calm, intelligent, confiding, wise and well-spoken.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 31, 2005
Irving's insightful, glorious little documentary reveals larger personal truths for her subject while exploring a hidden society of unwanted parrots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 28, 2005
This is a gem.
March 11, 2005
This is a charmfest of a movie, for bird lovers and non-bird lovers alike.
March 11, 2005
Quite simply, a beautiful film, in both form and content.
March 4, 2005
Following an arc from whimsical detachment to profound engagement, this is a remarkable document from a filmmaker who enters -- deeply, personally and, above all, tactfully -- into the lives of all her subjects.
March 4, 2005
Bittner has a passion for these parrots, he's taken the time to painstakingly befriend them, and Telegraph Hill takes you into his world as completely as he has gone into theirs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 4, 2005
Bittner is an acutely compassionate man, and Irving is careful to question the details of his life without prosecuting him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 3, 2005
In watching the birds and the man with an affectionate, curious eye, the filmmaker builds a story of surprising emotional resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 17, 2005
Its allure lies not only in its exotic creatures, but also in its depiction of human kindness.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 14, 2005
Genuinely sweet, beautifully constructed documentary.
February 11, 2005
Irving's film [is] as informal and easygoing as its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 11, 2005
By the end of the movie, you might find yourself so wrapped up in Bittner and the parrots that you have tears in your eyes.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 10, 2005
The film is that rare documentary that has romance, comedy and a surprise ending that makes you feel as if you could fly out of the theater like a cherry headed conure.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 10, 2005
Judy Irving's affectionate documentary profiles a 50-ish San Franciscan who tends a flock of around four dozen wild parrots that live in his neighborhood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 8, 2005
Several sharp jolts give the doc its dramatic shape, and one episode in particular, caught with a neighbor's lens, will make you gasp with grief.
December 23, 2004
Appealing as both nature docu and character study.