The Eagle Huntress
The Eagle Huntress (2016)

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from… More

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Rated: G
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: November 2, 2016
DVD Release Date: February 7, 2017
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Effectively stirring and bolstered by thrilling visuals, The Eagle Huntress uses its heartwarming message to fill up a feature that might have made for an even more powerful short film.

Kate Erbland

A soaring, sweet documentary that welcomes its audience into an unexpected new arena.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

The outline of a modern feminist epic is always there in the background. What's surprising is how fresh and charming the movie manages to be.

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James Plath
Family Home Theater

A G-rated inspirational film that has a lot going for it: exotic setting, gorgeous cinematography, a likable teenage protagonist, a special father-daughter bond, and a natural dramatic arc.

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Cath Clarke
Time Out

Aisholpan is one of life's trailblazers - a feminist pioneer.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

This is a wonderfully realistic film. The narrative is simple, almost obvious to a fault.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

By that standard, "The Eagle Huntress" is an enthralling and upbeat picture, especially for young girls. Adult viewers might wish for a separate version that captures more of the complexity and reality of this culture so far away from our own.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

The film's feminist message is hardly subtle, but it's still effective. And the peak into the nomad lifestyle - where an eagle just sits on a perch in the living room - is fascinating.

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Leah Pickett
Chicago Reader

Factor in the feel-good story, Bell's bracing cinematography, and his meticulous observance of the villagers' customs and environments, and the film becomes a multilayered exploration of dignity, perseverance, and progress.

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Matthew Bond
The Mail on Sunday (UK)

David Attenborough's Planet Earth II has set the bar high for wildlife documentaries but The Eagle Huntress comfortably makes it over, thanks to some terrific footage.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Antonius Block
I'll start by saying the cinematography by Simon Niblett is extraordinary. The scenery is gorgeous to begin with, sure, but it takes real skill to capture… More
Daniel Parsons
Magical, funny, moving and uplifting doc with images that will be etched into my brain for weeks.