The Hawk Is Dying
The Hawk Is Dying (2006)

A man channels his feelings through an obsession with wild birds in this independent drama based on a novel by Harry Crews. Fortysomething George Gattling (Paul Giamatti) is an emotionally stunted man who makes his living doing auto… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 21, 2006
DVD Release Date: May 29, 2007
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Critic Score: 30% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Paul Giamatti lends his character some pathos, but The Hawk is Dying is otherwise too ambiguous and morose to be enjoyable.

Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

Goldberger and Giamatti strain too hard for strangeness.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Imagine an entire film infected with hangdog sensibility, unrelieved by humor or narrative interest, and you have The Hawk Is Dying.

Chad Greene
Boxoffice Magazine

Never takes flight.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

These strengths seldom mesh persuasively.

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Tom Beer
Time Out

For performing half this film with a predatory bird perched and flapping angrily on his arm, Paul Giamatti deserves some sort of award.

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Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

Ultimately, this inscrutable film is just an exercise in self-indulgence.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

The Hawk Is Dying is a fragile little movie, occasionally ridiculous, but with M. Night Shyamalan's Lady In The Water, Giamatti proved that he can make even the weirdest material believable.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Not an easy movie to watch, and it's far from perfect -- but it does have an artsy integrity and a fascinatingly intense performance by Paul Giamatti.

Ken Fox
TV Guide

Giamatti delivers yet another superb performance, turning what might have been a freak show into an unexpectedly moving experience.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
This was a good film, but I don't know if it was one I would recommend to everyone. It is kind of slow, and not the most thrilling of topics, I guess,… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "The Hawk Is Dying," George Gattling(Paul Giamatti) owns a car detail establishment in Gainesville, Florida, lives with his… More
Bruce Bruce
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Thats what I thought after the first 30 min, the 2nd 30 min, and the last 30 min. I have more to do with my life then watch this, don't… More
Mike T.
Paul Giamatti is good with what he's given, and so is Michelle Williams. Michael Pitt, who is brilliant in every role I've seen him in, is really… More
Tim Sigur
Giamatti's great, but this is what happens when you smoke weed with a camera.
Sarah Prisbylla
I thought the acting was very good and the story was interesting, but for some reason, I just couldn't get into it.