• Bird (1988) Rating & Reviews

    Where To Watch
78
Based on 14 Critics
77
Based on 10 Users
  • n a remarkable directorial effort, Eastwood shows a great flair for atmosphere and composition and presents a nuanced, complex, humane portrait of Parker's talents, obstacles, virtues and failings. Whitaker gives a towering performance as the tortured musical genius, and Venora is equally impressive as the independent, compassionate Chan. show more

  • Clint Eastwood remains a competent, rather than distinctive, film maker, but he obviously respects the material. Bird is essentially factual, and we come to understand why so many other musicians thought shooting heroin might enable them to transfer [Charlie Parker]'s genius to themselves. [26 Sept 1988, p. 4D]

  • Bird wisely does not attempt to "explain" Parker's music by connecting experiences with musical discoveries. This is a film of music, not about it, and one of the most extraordinary things about it is that we are really, literally, hearing Parker on the soundtrack. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

We've created a new, improved account experience

Why register?
  • Log in and never lose your favorite theaters
  • Access your favorite theaters from any device
  • Registration is easy for new & existing Aol.com users
register nowCurrent Aol.com users, sign in & migrate now