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  • Summary: David Portnoy (Kodi Smit-McPhee), a 15-year-old birding fanatic, thinks that he's made the discovery of a lifetime. So, on the eve of his father's remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best friends to solidify their place in birding history.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Mary Houlihan
    Mar 20, 2014
    75
    The young actors shine revealing lights on their characters.
  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: 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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. 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. Expand