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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 49
  2. Negative: 2 out of 49
  1. Reviewed by: Jamie Graham
    Jan 9, 2015
    100
    Iñárritu ditches time-hopping bleakness for a linear, if loopy, satire that buzzes with brio. If Mel Brooks, John Cassavetes and Terry Zwigoff co-directed a superhero movie, this might be it.
  2. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    Oct 17, 2014
    100
    Birdman is a complete blast from start to finish.
  3. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Aug 27, 2014
    100
    Spectacular, star-powered cinema that makes us ask anew what cinema is for. Call it a "Dark Knight" of the soul.
  4. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Oct 23, 2014
    100
    Lots of films claim to be different. Birdman is.
  5. Reviewed by: Alonso Duralde
    Aug 27, 2014
    90
    The director has wisely assembled an ensemble of performers who know how to handle a long take; this will certainly rank among Keaton's career highlights — in a role that allows him to completely dump out his paintbox and show a vast range of emotion — but everyone shines.
  6. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Oct 16, 2014
    80
    This is no tale told by an idiot — on the contrary, it’s a funny, fast-moving parable about fame and ambition, laid out for us with care and craft by a gifted filmmaker, a long-missed actor, and a world-class cinematographer. But I’m left with the suspicion the whole thing may signify — well, if not nothing, at least a good deal less than the filmmakers would have us believe.
  7. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Oct 15, 2014
    25
    An unrecognizable Michael Keaton seems to have aged 40 years since the last time he appeared on the screen, but he’s still the best (i.e., only) reason to suffer through a miserable load of deranged, deluded crap masquerading as a black comedy called Birdman.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 54 out of 220
  1. Oct 26, 2014
    10
    I congratulate Alejandro González Iñárritu on this absolutely superb black comedy. The script is delightful and witty as he cleverly usesI congratulate Alejandro González Iñárritu on this absolutely superb black comedy. The script is delightful and witty as he cleverly uses magical realism to near perfect effect as he examines the failure and fulfillment of fictional actor/director, Riggan Thomson.

    The protagonist's on screen and off screen struggles whirl around at a dizzying pace as the camera follows him through the narrow shabby, sets, halls and rooftops of the theater. Seamlessly the audience slides along with him from one stormy long take to the next spirited long take. Skillfully, acted and choreographed, the camera follows the players through the grimy backstage of a broadway play as the fragile production teeters on collapse at every turn.

    The accident ridden production reflects Riggan's internal strife as he teeters on the edge mental breakdown. Haunted by inexorable unconscious voices that foment both his ambition and self doubt, he struggles to be the artist he envisions . . . if only he doesn't destroy the whole thing himself along the way. Take this certain "Best Picture" nominee roller coaster ride and hold on with two hands.
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  2. Feb 27, 2015
    10
    Birdman odia las criticas al igual que a los críticos. Es un espectáculo, a todos aquellos que disfruten del cine, lo comenten entre susBirdman odia las criticas al igual que a los críticos. Es un espectáculo, a todos aquellos que disfruten del cine, lo comenten entre sus amigos, familia, hacen debates sobre una pelicula de cualquier genero al momento de salir de la función; quedaran totalmente satisfechos, porque Birdman no es solo una obra de Arte con su excelente Guion, Actuaciones, Soundtrack, Fotografía, Edición y Dirección, también es una critica social, donde nos recuerda que ahora el cine es comercial, la mejor pelicula es aquella que gana mas dinero, y no solo eso; aquella pelicula también tiene que tener acción, explosiones, efectos especiales, sexo, pornografía y drogas para ser considerada "una obra maestra" y cualquier otra que no cuente con esto y solo incluya un Guion inteligente y filosófico es mala y aburrida. ¿Estos tiempos son una mierda no? Birdman es una pelicula que critica a otras películas y ellos se critican a si mismos, un circulo vicioso de la ignorancia. Esos 4 OSCARS los tiene muy bien merecidos, mi favorita del 2014. Expand
  3. Nov 2, 2014
    9
    Well acted, technically spot on, engaging and demands a conversation afterward. If you can't handle a little bit of weird in your cinema, lookWell acted, technically spot on, engaging and demands a conversation afterward. If you can't handle a little bit of weird in your cinema, look elsewhere, otherwise make sure to see it. Expand
  4. Feb 22, 2015
    8
    The star of the show here is Alejandro González Iñárritu, make no mistake about that. The innovative way he uses his photography here is whatThe star of the show here is Alejandro González Iñárritu, make no mistake about that. The innovative way he uses his photography here is what makes this movie stand out. Of course, his vision couldn't have worked with sloppy actors; and Keaton, Norton and Galifinakis nail their roles. In my opinion, this isn't Emma Stone's finest moment as she constantly looked like she was acting, which has left be bewildered at her Oscar nod. The film's surrealness will work for some, but not for others. A great movie because it is uniquely shot, but falls just short of being a classic. Expand
  5. Jan 26, 2015
    7
    Congratulations to the director it's very hard to make a movie to like like ONESHOT i mean they put a lot of effort a lot of time and hardCongratulations to the director it's very hard to make a movie to like like ONESHOT i mean they put a lot of effort a lot of time and hard work to do that . Directors and producers of the movie did a really god job the movie have everything to be a classic good movie.It have very good plot that's affect the two intresting sides of the movies to they im talking about the two sides of the blockbusters and the classics the Hollywood and Broadway thats very good and intresting point of a movie and that ONESHOT idea and the using real actors names like Rayan Gosling Michael Fassbender with this kind of think the movie drawn you in you feel like you are behind the scene. The good performing of the actors help a lot to this feelings thats probably the best performence of Michael Keaton.Edward Norton was great to he the hole crew was super .Maybe that part with the Birdman and the super powers didn't grab me so much but the twisted end was nice .In my opinion the movie is good and deserve watching. Expand
  6. rpm
    Mar 16, 2015
    4
    I like Keaton as an actor. Magic Realism is a genre I enjoy. I like jazz music. I've only seen one Broadway play (Pippin) and consider it oneI like Keaton as an actor. Magic Realism is a genre I enjoy. I like jazz music. I've only seen one Broadway play (Pippin) and consider it one of the highlights of my life.

    That should add up to me really loving this film right?

    Oh well...I guess the whole does not equal the sum of its parts in this case.

    Keaton mumbles his way through this film, even when on stage in a play (who mumbles line in a play?). The Magic Realism elements are interesting but seem mostly out of place amongst the grunge of backstage Broadway. The jazzy drum soundtrack didn't so much support the film as it distracted from the film. The play within the film was so briefly shown and so stunted as a plot element that it seemed to me much ado about nothing.

    I didn't hate the film but after having read so many positive reviews from critics I'd say I was immensely disappointed. The critic I now most agree with on this film is Rex Reed, except he thought Keaton's performance was a bright note and I wouldn't even give him that.
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  7. Apr 18, 2015
    0
    Wow, won best movie because the Oscars refused to give American Sniper its due. This movie was just not good. Don't see Iñárritu's Babel orWow, won best movie because the Oscars refused to give American Sniper its due. This movie was just not good. Don't see Iñárritu's Babel or Biutiful, either. Overrated, just bad. Should have walked out... Expand

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