Jonathan Livingston Seagull
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Hal Bartlett co-wrote and directed this film curiosity, based on Richard Bach's best-selling fable, featuring an overbearing music score by Neil Diamond. The story begins as a flock of seagulls are pecking at the garbage left by a boat that has dumped a bunch of fish heads in the surf. One of the seagulls, Jonathan (voice of James Franciscus), would rather leave his life of garbage-picking and fly high in the sky to see other parts of the earth. Jonathan leaves the flock and flies around the world. He travels so far that he reaches an aviary heaven, where he meets Maureen Seagull (voice of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 11%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Now there's nothing wrong with uplift, except that exhortations customarily are banal. That is, the end is nearly destroyed by the means."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Visually uneven, this film captures only partially the spirit of the best seller upon which it is based."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Truly one of the most boring pictures ever done but with enough attractive photography to merit your brief attention."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Richard Bach's best-selling parable for freshmen becomes on screen a very spelled-out allegory, complete with flat voice-overs and pretentious Neil Diamond soundtrack."
‑ , Time Out
"The cinematic equivalent of that girl you might have met circa 1973 who insisted that the dog that just evacuated his bowels on your sidewalk was 'expressing his creativity.'"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Pulllease fly away, and take your book with you!"
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"This has got to be the biggest pseudocultural, would-be metaphysical ripoff of the year."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Bartlett's background as a documentary film-maker is an advantage for a film that doesn't require any actors but a liability when it comes to adapting Bach's fiction"
‑ Shane Burridge,
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