Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)

Based on the Richard Bach book, this film explores a utopian vision through the eyes of a rebellious seagull who leaves his flock.

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Rated: G
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Release Date: October 23, 1973
DVD Release Date: October 2, 2007
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Critic Score: 11% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Now there's nothing wrong with uplift, except that exhortations customarily are banal. That is, the end is nearly destroyed by the means.

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Emanuel Levy

Visually uneven, this film captures only partially the spirit of the best seller upon which it is based.

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TV Guide

Truly one of the most boring pictures ever done but with enough attractive photography to merit your brief attention.

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Time Out

Richard Bach's best-selling parable for freshmen becomes on screen a very spelled-out allegory, complete with flat voice-overs and pretentious Neil Diamond soundtrack.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The cinematic equivalent of that girl you might have met circa 1973 who insisted that the dog that just evacuated his bowels on your sidewalk was 'expressing his creativity.'

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Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Pulllease fly away, and take your book with you!

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This has got to be the biggest pseudocultural, would-be metaphysical ripoff of the year.

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Shane Burridge

Bartlett's background as a documentary film-maker is an advantage for a film that doesn't require any actors but a liability when it comes to adapting Bach's fiction

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