Rare Birds
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Iceland-born Canadian filmmaker Sturla Gunnarsson spins this offbeat comedy about fine food and feathered friends. The owner of a failing gourmet eatery in a small Newfoundland town, Dave Purcell (William Hurt) is about to throw in the towel. As he raids his wine cellar and nurses his sorrows, his wacky friend Alphonse Murphy (Andy Jones) hatches a scheme to save the restaurant. They announce a faked sighting of a rare bird in the restaurant's vicinity, and soon bird watchers and even celebrities are pouring into the establishment. Dave's restaurant is so busy, in fact, that he hires… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Whimsical and touching."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"With Rare Birds, as with The Shipping News before it, an attempt is made to transplant a Hollywood star into Newfoundland's wild soil -- and The Rock once again resists the intrusion."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Rare Birds has more than enough charm to make it memorable."
‑ David Grove, Film Threat
"Rare Birds ain't perfect ... but the wild performance by Jones constantly turns the movie upon its head."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
"Rendered bland and frustrating by its endless attempts to make the odd odder."
‑ Allison Benedikt, Chicago Tribune
"Even if you don't know a wren from a grackle, there are pleasures here."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Really quite funny."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"A quirky comedy set in Newfoundland that cleverly captures the dry wit that's so prevalent on The Rock."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
"The movie keeps coming back to the achingly unfunny Phonce and his several silly subplots."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Has all the right elements but completely fails to gel together."
‑ Charles Martin, Boxoffice Magazine
"Its almost too-spectacular coastal setting distracts slightly from an eccentric and good-naturedly aimless story."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
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