75

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Goldberger, who made his debut with the similarly gritty and deliberately unpolished "Trans," tries to pull the novel's concerns to the surface, but much of its subtlety is lost. Giamatti, however, delivers yet another superb performance, turning what might have been a freak show into an unexpectedly moving experience.
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75

The A.V. Club

By Noel Murray
A fragile little movie, occasionally ridiculous, but with M. Night Shyamalan's "Lady In The Water," Giamatti proved that he can make even the weirdest material believable.
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63

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Not an easy movie to watch, and it's far from perfect - but it does have an artsy integrity and a fascinatingly intense performance by Paul Giamatti.
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50

Film Threat

By Pete Vonder Haar
For all the effort Giamatti gives in making George a convincing character, the movie itself, never quite gets off the ground. The feel is too deliberately peculiar, and Goldberger's detached style never gives us a reason to invest ourselves in anyone but George.
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50

Village Voice

I won't pretend it makes for a happy night at the cinema, and it may require a leap of faith to succumb to Goldberger's spell. But I leapt, and found it enthralling up to the point where this legitimately weird movie capitulates to the most conventional catharsis. I'd rather watch Goldberger fail than a hundred others succeed.
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40

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Set in North Florida and based on a book by Harry Crews, The Hawk Is Dying is a dreary study of male angst groaning beneath the weight of its own symbolism.
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38

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Goldberger's stubbornly insular script - adapted from a novel by Harry Crews - might have fared better on stage, where the story would feel more contained than suffocating. But by the time you crawl across this finish line, you'll know just how those sluggish the birdsfeel.
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30

The Hollywood Reporter

By James Greenberg
Loaded with obtuse symbolism, the film is not only hard to understand, it isn't much fun trying to figure it out.
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30

Variety

By David Rooney
Already gasping for breath in its opening scenes, picture takes two bleak, unyielding hours to finally expire.
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48 out of 100
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