The Legend of Pale Male Synopsis
A red-tailed hawk becomes a famous resident of New York.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
This is compelling stuff, but Lilien is less successful in trying to link Pale Male's story to his own.
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By Ronnie Scheib
Family-friendly holiday fare.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It's notable for some astounding urban wildlife footage and for the way it unintentionally reflects the giddy narcissism of the primate...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
You won't find a tale more true to our city than the extraordinary history of Pale Male. It's just unfortunate that Frederic Lilien's...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Remains mostly fascinating even in an amateur storyteller's hands.
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The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
A sugary, aggressively anthropomorphized story of one avian interloper and a whole bunch of human obsessives.
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Village Voice

By Nick Schager
Despite spending nearly 15 years documenting this phenomenon, Lilien proves wholly uninterested in investigating his human subjects' habit...
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Time Out New York

By Eric Hynes
Lilien certainly captures Pale Male's wild animal beauty in loving close-up. What his film needs, however, is distance.
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Lilien is an amateur filmmaker, and his movie -- which at times is more about Lilien than Pale Male -- shows it.
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Legend of Pale Male

By CynthiaConigliaro
Fantastic lovely fim. Kudos to Frederic. I was enchanted and at 9 a.m. the very next morning after seeing the film at the Angelika, my 9 year old son dragged me to Central Park with binoculars to...

The Legend of Pale Male

By cdsal_99
The only thing I disliked about the film was that it was too short at one-and-a-half hours. The story of Pale Male is a fascinating and long one, and I'm sure there is much more material that could...

The Legend of Pale Male

By carol9932
A great documentary movie - beautiful photography, beautiful story, very well presented. I loved it....

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