Catherine Called Birdy

critic Reviews

, 86% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Bringing a beloved book brilliantly to life, Catherine Called Birdy proves a well-told coming-of-age story can feel fresh regardless of the period setting.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Leslie FelperinFinancial Times
    ... Feels fresh, contemporary and effortlessly cool, with hip cover versions of pop songs and costumes that channel boho-boutique chic.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    [Bella] Ramsey is a dynamo and simply powers the movie along.
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    David FearRolling Stone
    If anything, the melding of broad, bawdy humor and outrage, of gutbusting and throat-clearing, complements each other beautifully.
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    Richard BrodyNew Yorker
    This medieval coming-of-age comedy, written and directed by Lena Dunham, is packed with piquant details, ruddy humor, and joy in performance.
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    Wendy IdeObserver (UK)
    A teen comedy with a refreshingly forthright approach to everything from puberty to the status of 13th-century women as chattels to be bartered.
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    Dmitry SamarovChicago Reader
    I was very aware while watching that as a 51-year-old man I was not who this was made for. But is it a good message to send young girls that they can be bad and do what they want for a little while but when the rubber hits the road they must toe the line?
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    Tom MeekCambridge Day
    It’s a big departure from Girls in era and setting, with its mucky, mud-strewn streets, but in theme and empowerment, it’s simpatico.
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    Tony MedleyThe Larchmont Chronicle
    Glaring in its absurdity is cowing to presentism by picturing innumerable Africans as prominent members of society, even members of Royalty and members of bi-racial marriages. In 1290 England? That needs to be exposed and rejected in defense of honesty.
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    Collin GarbarinoWORLD
    Karen Cushman’s novel entertains children while teaching them about life in medieval England. The movie based on that book does none of those things.
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    Lee JuttonFilm Inquiry
    A giddy glimpse at medieval girlhood that isn’t without substantial emotional weight, Catherine, Called Birdy is a fun film that the entire family can enjoy.
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