'Bird' Critic Reviews

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Rotten Tomatoes:   19 reviews
  • Janet Maslin New York Times (Top Critic)
    Bird is less moving as a character study than it is as a tribute and as a labor of love. The portrait it offers, though hazy at times, is one Charlie Parker's admirers will recognize.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Whitaker sweats, vomits, blows and wails as the Bird (so named for hanging around jazz clubs like a yardbird), laying in some minor-key grace to Parker's self-destruction along the way. But he never lets you into his darkest fears.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Hal Hinson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Even though, thematically, the movie won't come clear, Eastwood has succeeded so thoroughly in communicating his love of his subject, and there's such vitality in the performances, that we walk out elated, juiced on the actors and the music.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    Whitaker occupies this world as a large, friendly, sometimes taciturn man who tries to harm nobody and who cannot understand why the world would not let him play his music. Neither can we.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 26 years ago
  • Variety Staff Variety (Top Critic)
    Sensitively acted, beautifully planned visually and dynamite musically, this is a dramatic telling of the troubled life of a revolutionary artist.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Urban Cinefile Critics Urban Cinefile
    The greatest strength of Clint Eastwood's bio-pic tribute to jazz saxophone great Charlie 'Bird' Parker, is its dark and haunting mood.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Time Out
    At last American cinema has done black music proud. Unforgettable.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Brad Laidman Film Threat
    Eastwood shows a Parker that is haunted by his boyhood addiction, and shows off the innumerable people who loved his talent who were let down by him time and again.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Philip Martin Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid
    Eastwood made the switch from Hollywood icon to great world director with his viciously underrated Bird.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Jake Euker F5 (Wichita, KS)
    Overlong, and reeking of prestige.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Jeremy Heilman MovieMartyr.com
    Eastwood clearly is committed to presenting Bird to his audience with all of his complexities and contradictions intact.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Jeffrey Westhoff Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • TV Guide's Movie Guide
    Whitaker gives a towering performance as the tortured musical genius, and Venora is equally impressive as the independent, compassionate Chan.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • James Sanford Kalamazoo Gazette
    "a well-produced downer that moves like a funeral procession"
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Bob Grimm Las Vegas Mercury
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Scott Renshaw Apollo Guide
    Reduced to the bare bones of people and plot, the film winds up dancing around the edges of questions it doesn't answer -- straight-ahead rhythm coupled with straight-ahead melody, and not quite enough depth to either one.
    Full Review » 13 years ago