The Hawk Is Dying
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A man channels his feelings through an obsession with wild birds in this independent drama based on a novel by Harry Crews. Fortysomething George Gattling (Paul Giamatti) is an emotionally stunted man who makes his living doing auto upholstery and lives with his sister, Precious (Rusty Schwimmer), and her autistic son, Fred (Michael Pitt). Though George has an on-and-off relationship with Betty (Michelle Williams), a constantly stoned young woman just edging out of her teens, one of the few ways in which his deeper feelings come to the surface is his interest in falcons. George loves to… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Goldberger and Giamatti strain too hard for strangeness."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"Imagine an entire film infected with hangdog sensibility, unrelieved by humor or narrative interest, and you have The Hawk Is Dying."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Never takes flight."
‑ Chad Greene, Boxoffice Magazine
"Isn't anywhere close to perfect, but giving yourself over to its performances is wonderfully rewarding."
‑ James Emanuel Shapiro,
"It's awfully hard to review a movie called The Hawk is Dying without avoiding bird synonyms and metaphors."
‑ Jason Clark, Slant Magazine
"These strengths seldom mesh persuasively."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"For performing half this film with a predatory bird perched and flapping angrily on his arm, Paul Giamatti deserves some sort of award."
‑ Tom Beer, Time Out New York
"Ultimately, this inscrutable film is just an exercise in self-indulgence."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Resonant but angst-ridden, it's a subtle, strangely spiritual human drama that unfolds slowly, very slowly."
‑ Susan Granger,
"It's not exactly a one-man and a bird show, but it's as close as we're going to get."
‑ Eric Lurio, Entertainment Insiders
"The Hawk Is Dying is 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."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"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."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Giamatti delivers yet another superb performance, turning what might have been a freak show into an unexpectedly moving experience."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The principal human character warns more than once, "Don't look at The Hawk." That's good advice, film fans."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Goldberger's study of a troubled man's obsession with falconry is admittedly flawed and Giamatti's acting is self-indulgent, yet there's something truly independent about this film which now gets a second chance to be seen at the Cannes Film Festival."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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