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Winged Migration Reviews

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 11, 2003
After seeing these natural wonders, the elaborate special effects of such films as The Hulk and The Matrix Reloaded will seem like cheap parlor tricks.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
July 11, 2003
The photography is radiant.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 27, 2003
Flight as sheer freedom couldn't be better demonstrated.
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John Pancake
Washington Post
June 27, 2003
A film that will leave you dreaming about what it would be like to step off the edge of the world and discover you could fly.
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Houston Chronicle
June 27, 2003
A life-affirming story that's enthralling, inspiring and poignant.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 20, 2003
It's a beautiful and oddly restful experience.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
June 20, 2003
The movie offers ample amounts of power, poetry and even humor.
| Original Score: B
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 20, 2003
This is a movie to be seen and savored. And savored again.
| Original Score: A-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 20, 2003
A feat of diligence -- and not just on the part of its feathered subjects.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
June 19, 2003
It's a heady, exultant ode to life.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 13, 2003
Winged Migration is, without question, the best documentary about birds I have ever seen.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 12, 2003
For those who dream of soaring with eagles -- or gliding with geese or hovering with herons -- the euphoric Winged Migration literally offers a bird's-eye view of the world's most majestic vistas.
| Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 11, 2003
A fascinating motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
June 11, 2003
Whether we're seeing a startled flock taking sudden flight or zapping into a mountain lake to catch fish, our eye is constantly bedazzled.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 5, 2003
Arguably the most beautiful documentary ever made, Winged Migration has a 'wow!' factor that is off the charts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 30, 2003
There's not a single special effect, and yet the visuals are spectacular.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
May 30, 2003
Reminds us of the possibly primal connection between movies and the eternal dream of flight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 16, 2003
Winged Migration is just a peek into the birds' view of things, and it's a precious one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 16, 2003
Winged Migration is one for the birders, or for all other people who have stood still and forgotten themselves as they watch a sparrow make its way through the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
May 15, 2003
This is one of the most exhilarating wildlife documentaries ever brought to the big screen.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 9, 2003
Simply one of the great feats of filming.
| Original Score: A-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 9, 2003
This film by French director Jacques Perrin is to most nature documentaries what King Kong is to monster movies: It towers over them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 7, 2003
A work of visual poetry.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 2, 2003
There are sights here I will not easily forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 1, 2003
To be next to these birds as they are flying is frankly mesmerizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Powers
L.A. Weekly
May 1, 2003
The footage ... is astonishing both for the beauty of the birds and for its sheer technical brilliance.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
May 1, 2003
Many modern fantasy films, employing digital effects and camera trickery, offer us an invitation to fly. None really sweeps us up to the heights like this one.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 30, 2003
For some 90 minutes, unadorned reality outdazzles special effects, and poetry-prone viewers may find themselves remembering paeans to nature by Gerard Manley Hopkins.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 28, 2003
[O]ne of the most astonishing pieces of work I've ever seen.
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Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger
April 24, 2003
Perrin's film assembles discontinuous but overlapping visual wonders into a vaguely mystical ode to the endless variety and timeless rhythms of life.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 18, 2003
People have to learn poetry. Birds are born with it. Perrin has merely copied their poetry on film, and it is breathtaking, frame by frame.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
April 18, 2003
While lacking in traditional drama and suffering from a slightly repetitive structure, Winged Migration has its emotional high points.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
April 18, 2003
This is awestruck filmmaking at its best.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 17, 2003
Provides such an intense vicarious experience of being a flapping airborne creature with the wind in its ears that you leave the theater feeling like an honorary member of another species.
| Original Score: 4/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
April 17, 2003
Nature films are assumed to be plotless, but Winged Migration is full of major and minor narratives, from the basic struggle of a snow goose making its migratory trek from the Gulf to the Yukon, to sequences of decidedly high drama.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
April 15, 2003
Though you learn less about the various species Perrin circled the globe to document than you might from an afternoon with Animal Planet, you become intensely chummy with the process and labor of flying.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 10, 2003
Perrin gets so close to the intimate beauty of flight, you feel privileged.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 6, 2003
A beautiful spectacle that makes one think of God and Darwin in the same breath.