A Birder's Guide To Everything
A Birder's Guide To Everything (2014)

David Portnoy (Kodi Smit-McPhee), a 15-year-old birding fanatic, thinks that he's made the discovery of a lifetime. So, on the eve of his father's remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best friends to solidify their… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: March 21, 2014
DVD Release Date: May 27, 2014
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

It actually gets the birds right. It's the humans who are hard to identify.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

David and his friends are well-drawn portraits of innocents at an excruciatingly awkward age.

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You don't have to be a birder to enjoy it. The movie shows that seeking the rare and elusive is often more than just a physical quest; it also is a spiritual journey that changes the seeker.

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Mary Houlihan
Chicago Sun-Times

The trek through the serene, beautiful woods highlights the banter between the quartet as truths are unveiled and friendships strengthened. The young actors shine revealing lights on their characters.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

What's there hits the mark, so much so that I'll confess this one left me misty-eyed.

Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

Instead of pandering to one and only one sentiment, this engaging offering -- poised pleasantly between quaint and quirky -- does entirely right by adolescent feeling.

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Sheila O'Malley

That very rare thing, a movie about teenagers where the characters actually seem like real teenagers, as opposed to mini posing adults.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

Though it's hardly an odd duck, "A Birder's Guide to Everything" has its own sweet call.

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Rodrigo Perez
The Playlist

The lead teens in particular give the material a realness that may not have been there on the page, and the filmmakers know enough not push the quaint story beyond the safe parameters it operates in.

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