Woodpecker (2008)

Woodpecker (2008)





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The elusive Ivory Billed Woodpecker was officially declared extinct in the 1940s, so could recently reported sightings in the Arkansas bayou have any foundation in fact? As busloads of fanatical birdwatchers descend upon a small Arkansas town in hopes of being the first to find evidence of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker, amateur birder/poet Johnny Neander remains certain he'll be the one to confirm the bird's existence. Meanwhile, the search intensifies, pitting the believers against the skeptics and pitting local environmentalists against scheming entrepreneurs.
Comedy , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Woodpecker

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

A birdwatchers' Best in Show, Alex Karpovsky's mock-doc Woodpecker stretches its single joke to feature length, earning a beakful of yuks.

Full Review… | September 1, 2009
Top Critic

After 10 minutes, you're going to be questioning and second-guessing. That's part of the ass-backwards, off-kilter enjoyment of the film.

Full Review… | May 1, 2008

Audience Reviews for Woodpecker

Despite my tendency to support independent films which engage with eccentric personalities and activities, this film presents only a series of cliches. These characters are all familiar from other mock-documentaries and the structure, music, and narration of the film is amateurish and unoriginal. This is indie for the masses posing as high art. Of course, worst of all is that the film mocks its subjects--birds, birders, eccentrics, and small town life--instead of engaging with them with any real depth. I really wanted to like this movie, but it was unlearned, cruel, and boring.

Harris Drake
Harris Drake

Beyond the story of a man looking for a purpose in life, or a once forgotten bird attempting a comeback, Woodpecker is also a story about perception versus reality.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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