The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2005)

Telegraph Hill is a neighborhood in one of the hillier sections of San Francisco that over the years has become home to a large flock of wild parrots. While no one is certain how they got there, the birds were for the most part left to… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: October 28, 2008
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Interesting and appealing as both a study of man and nature.

Marta Barber
Miami Herald

The beautiful shots of San Francisco's lush Telegraph Hill are captivating by themselves, but the film's greatest achievement is its humanity.

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

Charming, intelligent entertainment that should attract the same family audiences that flocked to Winged Migration in 2001.

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Kam Williams
Sly Fox

A documentary which captures an eccentric ornithologist communing with his flock with an intimacy that's almost unimaginable.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

A bright window into the wild kingdom just outside our door that most of us barely notice, if at all.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Profile of a gentle, caring, and sensitive man who models for us the empathy and respect we should have for all animals large and small.

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Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

Irving captures some memorable images… but generally relies on the birds' natural photogenic charm as well as the human dimensions of the drama to sustain the 83-minute film.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A cornball charmer of a film with some beautiful birds and homespun wisdom.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Fall in love with these brave and beautiful birds.

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Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com

Perhaps if Judy Irving's The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill had been released in any other year, I wouldn't be so judgmental and hard to please

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Lanning : )
A beautiful documentary about a truly unique subject. However, I question the motivation, the "honesty" behind closing with the highly speculative… More
John Ballantine
I think we all know someone like this. A guy who just plants himself somewhere to become part of the neighbourhood, just hanging out an appreciating. He… More
Julie B
Sweet, charming and very noisy.
Lesley N
Sweet documentary about the quirky little personalities of some wild parrots in San Francisco, and the man who looks after them , though as he says near the… More
Mark Abell
A look at the flock of wild parrots that live in a neighborhood of San Fransisco and the remarkable individual (Mark Bittner) that studied and cared for them… More
Richard Franzen
Fun, interesting, and educational documentary. Kids and adults will adore it alike.

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