Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Mar 27, 2014
    75
    In spite of its familiar outlines, director Rob Meyer's first feature benefits from an authentic script and performances.
  2. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Mar 21, 2014
    75
    A tender and gentle coming-of-age story, as well as a meditation on grief and letting go. It is also that very rare thing, a movie about teenagers where the characters actually seem like real teenagers, as opposed to mini posing adults.
  3. Reviewed by: Mary Houlihan
    Mar 20, 2014
    75
    The young actors shine revealing lights on their characters.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Mar 20, 2014
    70
    This gentle comedy, the first feature directed by Rob Meyer, is an eye opener for anyone who takes the everyday natural world for granted. It is also a quiet brief for the cultivation of intellectual curiosity and scientific exploration at an age when hormones rule so much behavior.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Mar 20, 2014
    70
    The brusque teen humor, underpinning turmoil and sentiment all seem to be pulled and massaged from the same organic whole, and that's refreshing in a genre so often built on gimmicks and stereotypes.
  6. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Mar 18, 2014
    70
    Meyer and Luke Matheny's script is full of the kind of nit-picky detail one hears when birders converse, and milks some life lessons out of philosophical differences between "listers" and "watchers."
  7. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Mar 18, 2014
    70
    The constant, genial comic undercurrent of teenspeak exchanges, penned by the writing team of helmer Meyer and Luke Matheny, contrasts satisfyingly with Kingsley’s wry musings and the more serious treatment given to David’s evolving maturity.
  8. Reviewed by: Drew Hunt
    Mar 19, 2014
    63
    The film exhibits strong character interplay and resides in an unconventional milieu, in effect turning rote material into something that feels decidedly eccentric.
  9. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Mar 18, 2014
    60
    The film captures its lush, leafy settings with an understated evocativeness that fully immerses the audience in its sense of place. The problem is that the movie ultimately leans too heavily on that sense of understatement, failing to let genuine, unexpected emotion fully break through to the surface.
  10. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Mar 27, 2014
    58
    There is enough of a simple charm to A Birder's Guide To Everything that there are worse things you could do with your hour and a half. The lead teens in particular give the material a realness that may not have been there on the page, and the filmmakers know enough not push the quaint story beyond the safe parameters it operates in.
  11. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Apr 10, 2014
    50
    At its occasional best, A Birder’s Guide to Everything hints at the profound pleasure of standing very still and witnessing wonders the rest of the world passes by.
  12. Reviewed by: Sherilyn Connelly
    Mar 18, 2014
    40
    While it doesn't quite encompass everything, the film's still a bit too busy for its own good.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. May 25, 2014
    6
    Seriously, what's a birder's guide to everything in this movie??? Why, Hollywood, why, all teen movies needs to be about sex? This could have been 10/10 if the director stayed on with the title of the movie. Full Review »