Rare Birds
Rare Birds (2001)

Iceland-born Canadian filmmaker Sturla Gunnarsson spins this offbeat comedy about fine food and feathered friends. The owner of a failing gourmet eatery in a small Newfoundland town, Dave Purcell (William Hurt) is about to throw in the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 9, 2001
DVD Release Date: May 28, 2002
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Whimsical and touching.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

With Rare Birds, as with The Shipping News before it, an attempt is made to transplant a Hollywood star into Newfoundland's wild soil -- and The Rock once again resists the intrusion.

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David Grove
Film Threat

Rare Birds has more than enough charm to make it memorable.

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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune

Rendered bland and frustrating by its endless attempts to make the odd odder.

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Even if you don't know a wren from a grackle, there are pleasures here.

Christopher Null

Really quite funny.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

The movie keeps coming back to the achingly unfunny Phonce and his several silly subplots.

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Charles Martin
Boxoffice Magazine

Has all the right elements but completely fails to gel together.

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Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

Its almost too-spectacular coastal setting distracts slightly from an eccentric and good-naturedly aimless story.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
Cute little film set in a sleepy Newfoundland town that is set upon by outsiders all in searchof an elusive bird. Touching with good character interaction.
Laura Cameron
Shot in beautiful Newfoundland by Icelandic director Sturla Gunnarsson. Based on the novel by Canadian Edward Riche, who also wrote the screenplay. Stars Molly… More