Bird Synopsis
Short, fast life of jazz saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker (Forest Whitaker).
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TV Guide

n a remarkable directorial effort, Eastwood shows a great flair for atmosphere and composition and presents a nuanced, complex, humane...
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90

Chicago Reader

By Jonathan Rosenbaum
Clint Eastwood's ambitious 1988 feature about the great Charlie Parker (Forest Whitaker) is the most serious, conscientious, and...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Bird wisely does not attempt to "explain" Parker's music by connecting experiences with musical discoveries. This is a film of music, not...
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Jack Mathews
The film is as faithful to its subject as perhaps any film biography has been. As Eastwood said, Parker was a paradoxical character, both...
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80

Time

By Richard Schickel
There is not a cheap note or a careless image, not an easy judgment or a forced emotion, in the 2 hr. 43 min. of Bird. It permits a man's...
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80

Empire

By
A compelling mix of music and misery as Bird flushes himself down the can.
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75

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
It's more than a labor of love -- it's a powerful summoning of devoted craft, conveying the pain and complexity of a great musical...
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
At two hours and 43 minutes, Eastwood's Bird is a hypnotic, darkly photographed, loosely constructed marvel that avoids every cliche of the...
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Clint Eastwood remains a competent, rather than distinctive, film maker, but he obviously respects the material. Bird is essentially...
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70

Film Threat

By Brad Laidman
Forest Whitaker is the perfect guy to play Parker, Diane Venora is hotly sympathetic to Parker's genius as his last wife Chan, and...
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