A Birder's Guide to Everything Synopsis
A teenage birding enthusiast (Kodi Smit-McPhee) leads his friends on a search for a rare duck.
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By Sheila O'Malley
A tender and gentle coming-of-age story, as well as a meditation on grief and letting go. It is also that very rare thing, a movie about...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Mary Houlihan
The young actors shine revealing lights on their characters.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Meyer and Luke Matheny's script is full of the kind of nit-picky detail one hears when birders converse, and milks some life lessons out of...
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By Ronnie Scheib
The constant, genial comic undercurrent of teenspeak exchanges, penned by the writing team of helmer Meyer and Luke Matheny, contrasts...
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The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
This gentle comedy, the first feature directed by Rob Meyer, is an eye opener for anyone who takes the everyday natural world for granted....
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Los Angeles Times

By Robert Abele
The brusque teen humor, underpinning turmoil and sentiment all seem to be pulled and massaged from the same organic whole, and that's...
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Slant Magazine

By Drew Hunt
The film exhibits strong character interplay and resides in an unconventional milieu, in effect turning rote material into something that...
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The Dissolve

By Jen Chaney
The film captures its lush, leafy settings with an understated evocativeness that fully immerses the audience in its sense of place. The...
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The Playlist

By Kevin Jagernauth
There is enough of a simple charm to A Birder's Guide To Everything that there are worse things you could do with your hour and a half. The...
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Village Voice

By Sherilyn Connelly
While it doesn't quite encompass everything, the film's still a bit too busy for its own good.
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Excellent film - stick-with-you story beautifully presented

By christy892
"A Birder's Guide to Everything" is a terrific movie experience. The story is the star of the film, but I also really enjoyed seeing the lead character David for the first time. I'll look for Kodi...

warm and charming film

By sjkane
Great story of people dealing with each other's perceptions and themselves. Funny as can be at times, but also very sensitive and honest about human emotions. Really a terrific small film!...

A Birder's Guide to Everything

By fullerhome
This film is a must-see for anyone! Remarkable performances from it's young stars, Ben Kingsley is spot-on. The audience was laughing out loud, applauded at the end and few left with a dry eye. ...

Birders Guide a must See!

By chad997
Excellent movie! Touched every emotion. Recommend this amazing independent film!...

Charming film

By robertbelau
Charming coming-of-age story set around bird-watching....

The new Stand By Me

By konzet
A sweet and noble film that sets a new standard in the "Coming of Age" genre. Just as the fictional kids learn about birds and life from a wise old "birder," so these young actors seem to have...

Heartwarming coming of age

By allen3
Wes Andersony coming of age tale. The young actors were fantastic and Sir Ben was, Sir Ben....

A Birders Guide to everything!

By minnataylor7
I loved this movie. It gave a great feel for the birding world and made me feel like a teenager again. It's was funny but touching at the same time. After watching this movie I'll take more time to...

Just delightful

By jmeltzer
This is a movie that should get far more distribution and viewers than I imagine it will get, which is a pity. It was so well done, the acting and character development was so real, that it was just...

By tobey1966
charming film with wonderful acting - will go to see it again- great dialogue. An uplifting film....

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Rated PG-13 | For brief partial nudity, sex and drug references and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Teen pursues rare bird in slow-moving coming-of-age film.
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