Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Oct 31, 2013
    100
    The filmmakers record the flash of youth’s headlong energies, its bumps and bruises, and its melancholies and brilliant chaos.
  2. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Nov 27, 2013
    90
    Deeply moving and devoid of melodrama, These Birds Walk is as pragmatic as its subjects.
  3. Reviewed by: Kenji Fujishima
    Oct 29, 2013
    88
    The filmmakers use a wide range of cinematic techniques to convey the tenuous environment in which their subjects find themselves.
  4. Reviewed by: Diana Drumm
    Dec 2, 2013
    83
    As with real life, there aren't any stock characters, clear morals, or easy solutions in These Birds Walk.
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  1. Mar 11, 2014
    10
    A masterpiece. There has, perhaps, never been a greater documentary made on the effects of poverty on children in the Third World. By eschewing statistics, and interviews, "These Birds Walk" simply points the camera (the cinematography is breathtaking) and watches. Emotions of disbelief, shock, and helplessness follow, as you watch a group of runaway children in Karachi, Pakistan, navigate a broken shell of a nation, and on a smaller scale, of family. These aren't kids; these 8 year olds are already adults, ripped from childhood and already gathering in groups to discuss politics and religion, to break into sectarian groups as their parents do. It is absolutely heartbreaking and devastating. Full Review »