The Birds
The Birds (1963)

The story begins as an innocuous romantic triangle involving wealthy, spoiled Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren), handsome Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor), and schoolteacher Annie Hayworth (Suzanne Pleshette). The human story begins in a San… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 28, 2000
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Proving once again that build-up is the key to suspense, Alfred Hitchcock successfully turned birds into some of the most terrifying villains in horror history.

Andrew Sarris
Village Voice

Drawing from the relatively invisible literary talents of Daphne DuMaurier and Evan Hunter, Alfred Hitchcock has fashioned a major work of cinematic art, and "cinematic" is the operative term here, not "literary" or "sociological."

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TIME Magazine

The movie flaps to a plotless end.

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Matt Glasby
Total Film

Though it lacks the psychological depth of Hitchcock's greatest works, it's characterised by a nightmarish simplicity.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Few films depict so eerily yet so meticulously the metaphysical and historical sense of a world out of joint.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Beneath all of this elaborate feather bedlam lies a Hitch cock-and-bull story that's essentially a fowl ball.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

This Hitchcock classic somehow strayed from favour for a while, yet in the realm of popular mythology it is now rivalled only by Vertigo or Psycho.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Hitch's much misappreciated follow-up to Psycho is arguably the greatest of all disaster films -- a triumph of special effects, as well as the fountainhead of what has become known as gross-out horror.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Alfred Hitchcock's most abstract film (1963), and perhaps his subtlest, still yielding new meanings and inflections after a dozen or more viewings.

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Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

The Birds represents better than any other Hitchcock film the extreme polarities of his universe: vicious unpredictability and moral and emotional disorder on the one hand, and rigorous stylistic control and formal organization, on the other.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
Inexplicably, birds begin attacking the town of Bogeda Bay, interrupting a burgeoning love affair between a socialite and a lawyer. These birds are as natural,… More
Apeneck Fletcher
Hitch is a pro, yah, and never forgets his audience ... but sometimes yah just gotta let the animal out and get yer own groove on, which is what ol'Al does… More
Jim Hunter
In an isolated California town, birds mysteriously begin attacking people. It's often said that a Hitchcock film has two plots: in the beginning there is… More
paul oh
And the oscar would go to the birds of the movie. The mass collection of many birds make an audience feel like bait towards the end. Its different and has a… More
Josh Lewis
Hitchcock's The Birds, like millions before me have said and witnessed themselves, absolutely manages to turn birds into frightening monsters of terror.… More
Jason Calvin
I have the utmost respect for Alfred Hitchcock. He was a genius. A true testament to the man's brilliance, is that even after nearly 50 years, nothing is… More

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