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Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jan 17, 2013
    75
    Beautifully photographed over the four seasons - including Christmas, for the park's century-old bird census - Birders: The Central Park Effect is full of grace notes.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jan 18, 2013
    83
    In "Birders," by contrast, nature is one big entrancing show; a world of tweets without "tweets."
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jan 17, 2013
    80
    As "Birders" makes clear, and as Franzen would surely agree, birds and birders have always been among us and require no reinvention. What they have to offer us is what that heron offered me, for just a split-second – a sense that despite our best efforts we are still a part of nature, and not yet an alien species disconnected from the real world.
  4. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Jan 16, 2013
    80
    Director Kimball's sharply focused, serenely ravishing nature photography provides reason enough to go armchair birding.
  5. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jan 15, 2013
    80
    The birds are not only gorgeous but, as they poke for food and rustle around, entertaining.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jan 15, 2013
    80
    I found myself repeatedly on the edge of tears over its course. It is a relatively short but luxurious film.
  7. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Jan 15, 2013
    90
    Should be a delight for everyone. Bird watchers will find affirmation and even explanation for their avocation. People who can't tell a towhee from a titmouse will still wonder at the beauty of it all.
  8. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Jan 23, 2013
    80
    Kimball's bird footage is attractive on its own, but the way he positions his birders in conversation with one another is why Birders soars.
  9. Equally enrapturing are the birders themselves, including the writers Jonathan Franzen and Jonathan Rosen – contemplatively articulate in all their geeky birding glory – and especially Starr Saphir, who leads birding tours through Central Park.
  10. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    Jan 15, 2013
    60
    The feverish intensity of enthusiastic birdwatchers may seem better suited for a Christopher Guest movie, but director Jeffrey Kimball's lush cinematography makes Central Park's beauty no laughing matter.

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