Universal acclaim - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
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  1. Stays in the mind, changing the way we look at the world.
  2. 100
    By the end of the film, one begins to recognize specific birds, rooting for their safe returns and saddened by some of their failures.
  3. 100
    Watching this movie, you can dream with open eyes.
  4. This French documentary gives us unprecedented intimacy and sweep.
  5. What an extraordinary idea it was to make this film. What a splendid achievement.
  6. 90
    Birds are not just the movie's stars, but its whole universe. They inspire in Perrin and his crew, and in us, not just awe but humility. You'll never look at them the same way again.
  7. 90
    The most astounding cinematic testament to flock mentality since Hitchcock's "The Birds."
  8. A magnificent documentary that flies us along with migratory birds on their intercontinental travels, it's the polar opposite -- North Pole, South Pole and all latitudes in between -- of modern feature films that rely on special effects.
  9. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    Visually stunning, practically dialogue-free and very family-friendly.
  10. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    Intellectually austere but technologically and aesthetically riveting documentary.
  11. It's not the enormous undertaking that impresses so much as the sheer ecstasy of flight and the ability of Perrin's team to catch it.
  12. Reviewed by: John Pancake
    Mysteries still surround many aspects of bird migration. This film unravels exactly none of them. Rather, in some of the most remarkable footage you'll ever see, the film lets you look over the shoulders of migrating birds.
  13. 88
    Leaves you in a state of stunned, exhilarated awe, both for what it shows and how it shows it.
  14. The results require immense patience but also reward it immensely.
  15. 88
    The result is a movie miracle; it soars.
  16. 83
    Somewhat marred by Bruno Coulais' treacly New Age score -- as well as by Perrin's somewhat daft and repetitive narration. But the key word is "somewhat." In the main, Winged Migration is an unforgettable piece of moviemaking.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. GuyM.
    Jun 26, 2006
    Absolutely marvelous movie and overall effort.