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The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
| Original Score: 4/5
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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
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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
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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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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.
| Original Score: B+
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 5, 2005
A loving, dopey documentary about the bird man of a place with a view of Alcatraz.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 29, 2005
[A] charming, layered documentary.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 29, 2005
It contains ample joys and sorrows, and it will introduce you to some of the year's most memorable characters.
| Original Score: B
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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
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April 12, 2005
In many ways, this is a movie for outcasts and outcasts at heart -- most of us, I'll wager.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 1, 2005
Bittner is calm, intelligent, confiding, wise and well-spoken.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
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
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 28, 2005
This is a gem.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 11, 2005
This is a charmfest of a movie, for bird lovers and non-bird lovers alike.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 11, 2005
Quite simply, a beautiful film, in both form and content.
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Ron Stringer
L.A. Weekly
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.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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+
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
February 17, 2005
Its allure lies not only in its exotic creatures, but also in its depiction of human kindness.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Sura Wood
Hollywood Reporter
February 14, 2005
Genuinely sweet, beautifully constructed documentary.
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
February 11, 2005
Irving's film [is] as informal and easygoing as its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Russell Scott Smith
New York Post
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
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
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Ed Park
Village Voice
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.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
December 23, 2004
Appealing as both nature docu and character study.