Birders: The Central Park Effect

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  • Summary: A varied group of New Yorkers with attitude reveals how a hidden world of beautiful wild birds in the middle of Manhattan has upended and magically transformed their lives.


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  1. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Jan 15, 2013
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jan 18, 2013
    In "Birders," by contrast, nature is one big entrancing show; a world of tweets without "tweets."
  3. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jan 15, 2013
    The birds are not only gorgeous but, as they poke for food and rustle around, entertaining.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jan 15, 2013
    I found myself repeatedly on the edge of tears over its course. It is a relatively short but luxurious film.
  5. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Jan 23, 2013
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jan 17, 2013
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    Jan 15, 2013
    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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