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Winged Migration Reviews

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.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
July 11, 2003
The photography is radiant.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 27, 2003
Flight as sheer freedom couldn't be better demonstrated.
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.
June 27, 2003
A life-affirming story that's enthralling, inspiring and poignant.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
June 20, 2003
It's a beautiful and oddly restful experience.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 20, 2003
The movie offers ample amounts of power, poetry and even humor.
Read More | Original Score: B
June 20, 2003
This is a movie to be seen and savored. And savored again.
Read More | Original Score: A-
June 20, 2003
A feat of diligence -- and not just on the part of its feathered subjects.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 19, 2003
It's a heady, exultant ode to life.
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 13, 2003
Winged Migration is, without question, the best documentary about birds I have ever seen.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 11, 2003
A fascinating motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
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
May 30, 2003
There's not a single special effect, and yet the visuals are spectacular.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 30, 2003
Reminds us of the possibly primal connection between movies and the eternal dream of flight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
May 15, 2003
This is one of the most exhilarating wildlife documentaries ever brought to the big screen.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
May 9, 2003
Simply one of the great feats of filming.
Read More | Original Score: A-
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
May 7, 2003
A work of visual poetry.
May 2, 2003
There are sights here I will not easily forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 1, 2003
To be next to these birds as they are flying is frankly mesmerizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 1, 2003
The footage ... is astonishing both for the beauty of the birds and for its sheer technical brilliance.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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+
April 28, 2003
[O]ne of the most astonishing pieces of work I've ever seen.
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 18, 2003
While lacking in traditional drama and suffering from a slightly repetitive structure, Winged Migration has its emotional high points.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 18, 2003
This is awestruck filmmaking at its best.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
April 10, 2003
Perrin gets so close to the intimate beauty of flight, you feel privileged.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 6, 2003
A beautiful spectacle that makes one think of God and Darwin in the same breath.